Electric Buses to be procured by LTA

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has put up a tender for the Procurement of Electric Buses (E-Buses) on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 (Contract Ref. PT323.)

As announced by Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng during the Ministry of Transport’s Committee of Supply Debate in March 2017, the tenders will be called for the purchase of 50 hybrid buses and 60 electric buses this year. This will allow the LTA to expand its trial of such “green” vehicles, which while environmentally-friendly, are more costly and less suitable for the island’s tropical climate. Not only do vehicles operating here consume a lot of energy for air-conditioning, their batteries and hybrid systems work less efficiently in our warm and humid environment.

The Diesel Hybrid bus tender was awarded to Volvo earlier this year, who will be delivering Volvo 7900 Hybrid buses expected to enter service starting from the second half of 2018.

Upon procuring the Electric Buses, the Land Transport Authority will allocate the buses to the Bus Operators (SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tower Transit, Go-Ahead Singapore) to operate on selected bus services. Currently, a large majority of LTA’s bus assets are Euro V compliant Diesel buses.

A battery-powered all-electric bus had previously been trialled locally by a Public Transport Operator. From November 2016 to May 2017, a BYD K9 bus was operating with Go-Ahead Singapore under a LTA-initiated trial. Previous trials in Singapore have involved diesel-hybrid buses such as the Sunlong SLK6121UF14H, and Zhongtong LCK6121G HEV, and Volvo B5RLE Hybrid.

BYD K9:

Tender submissions closed on 23 April 2018 at 4:00PM after 2 extensions. Land Transport Guru looks forward to having more environmentally-friendly buses on the roads for a greener future.

Possible Models:

The most likely participants for this tender are BYD and Volvo, who both have an established presence in Singapore. The 6-month trial of the BYD K9 electric bus was relatively successful and the bus has already entered service worldwide with many operators, notably in China. Similarly, the Volvo 7900 Electric was launched earlier this year and warmly received by several bus companies in Europe. Scania and Mercedes-Benz are currently undergoing limited trials of their electric buses and have yet to enter full-scale production.

Other all-electric bus manufacturers include Solaris and VDL from Europe, as well as Wuzhoulong, Yutong, Zhongtong and Zonda from China.


Tenderers

As of the tender closing time, 10 bids were submitted.

S/No Tenderer Price
1. BYD Singapore Pte. Ltd.
2. CaetanoBus – Fabricacao de Carrocarias S.A.
3. Cycle & Carriage Industries Pte. Limited
4. Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd
5. Tron Energy Technology Corporation
6. Volvo East Asia (Pte) Ltd
7. Zheng Zhou Yu Tong Bus Co., Ltd.
8. Zhongtong Bus Holding Co., Ltd.
9. Zhuhai Granton Bus And Coach Co., Ltd.
10. Zhuhai Guangtong Automobile Co., Ltd

Prices will be released by the LTA upon the awarding of the tender.


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