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Super quick charge-electric buses enter service in Malaysia

Staff Writer | August 28, 2017
Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative capital, today took a major step toward a clean-energy, zero-emission future with the grand launch of the Putra Nedo EV Bus Project, which replaces fossil-fuel-driven buses with a fleet of Super-Quick Charge electric buses.
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Transportation   Super-Quick Charge electric buses
Eight single-deck buses took to the streets today, operated by Putrajaya Public Transport Travel & Tours (PAPTT), known as "Nadiputra," and they will provide regular services in Putrajaya and between the administrative capital and Cyberjaya, the neighboring city and high-tech center.

Overseen by Putrajaya Corporation and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the EV bus project has a 5-year budget of approximately 3.6 billion yen.

It will monitor and test the buses' overall performance, and evaluate their ability to replace CNG- and diesel-fueled buses, both sources of environmental emissions.

Electric buses promise towns and cities a zero-emission mass-transport solution—but they have to meet the demands of heavy daily use and local environments. In the tropics, that includes high temperatures and humidity.

All of the buses in the Putrajaya fleet, which will grow to 13 buses in 2018 with the addition of two double-deckers, are equipped with Toshiba's SCiB long-life lithium-ion rechargeable battery, recognized for its operating reliability and resilience in the harshest of operating conditions.