Selangor Journal

MBSA launched first electric bus

BY: SYAZWANI SUFIAN
SHAH ALAM, April 5, 2017: Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) launched two Smart Selangor electric buses to replace the diesel units to fulfill the mission of a low-carbon city by 2030.
Shah Alam Mayor, Dato’ Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said the bus service is available to the public, connecting Section 19 and 7 through Section 2, 3, 6 and 7 city centres.
He added that, there are currently four buses plying the route while the other two will still be on diesel units.
“We take the initiative based on the high demand with an average of 100,000 passengers in a month besides the comfort of the electric bus has been eagerly awaited by many,” he said after a tour ride on the electric bus around Shah Alam city centre.
Ahmad Zaharin added, the bus can accommodate 67 passengers and are handicapped-friendly as well as equipped with LED panel, closed circuit television system (CCTV) and Wifi.
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He added, the bus can run as far as 250 kilometres (km) of seven rounds with a single charge for five hours at the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Sunway Line.
“The plan to add more electric buses would depend on circumstances and needs.
“Each year, we will study together with the Transportation Exco, Dato’ Teng Chang Khim and if there is a need for more buses, we will request for a budget from the State Government,” he said.
Previously, MBSA has a carbon reduction target of 45 percent, which is 31,914 tonnes based on 2015 benchmark.

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