Go-Ahead Singapore trials BYD Electric Bus

First posted on 7 Nov 2016. Updated on 20 Feb 2017 – Service 119 Debut.

On Monday, 07 November 2016, Go-Ahead Singapore’s BYD K9 electric bus entered revenue service. Deployed on Service 17 to start off its six-month trial, it is Singapore’s first 100% electric bus, with only hybrid-electric and hydrogen fuel cell transit buses being previously trialed locally.

The six-month trial was initiated by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), which confirmed on 5 August 2016 that a BYD Electric Bus (BYD K9) would be involved in the trial, as reported by local news outlet The Straits Times. It said that LTA was working with Shenzhen-based automaker BYD and bus operator Go-Ahead Singapore on a six-month trial to assess the suitability of e-buses for public transport, in a pilot which could see more of such green vehicles being used for mass transport.

The LTA said that BYD will implement the necessary charging infrastructure at Go-Ahead‘s depot in Loyang to support the e-bus operation. The K9 bus requires between 5 and 10 hours to be charged fully, allowing it to run for 250km, but its range could be lower due to the warm climate in Singapore, with additional battery power used up for cooling.

The e-bus trial is part of the EV test bed led by LTA and the Economic Development Board to trial fleet-based EV operations, a follow-up to the earlier phase which ended three years ago and involved individual corporate users. The LTA also added that the bus will operate trips on top of those scheduled, and hence will not cause adverse impact on service levels.

The bus was registered as SG4001J, with the chassis number LC06S24S7D0000004 and Year Of Manufacture stated as 2013, indicating that the BYD Bus involved in the trial is indeed the exact same bus that was housed in NTU back in 2015.

Check out our article on the for BYD K9 more information. 

Go-Ahead Singapore, the successful tenderer of the Loyang Bus Package, started operations on 4 September 2016 and operates 24 bus services.


Old Livery

In the months before the start of the trial, SG4001J was housed at the Smart Innovation Centre along Ubi Avenue 4, an authorized dealer for BYD Auto. The bus occupied a sheltered lot with a specialized charging station.

The bus also bore a green-themed livery which promoted its environmentally-friendly aspects. In its initial version, there were additional decals over the windows, which were removed shortly before the bus was registered.

SG4001J - Go-Ahead BYD K9 at Ubi
SG4001J – Go-Ahead BYD K9 at Ubi

In addition to the BYD Bus Trial, the MAN Lion City DD L bus (as featured in the Our Bus Journey carnivals), is slated for trial under the registration SG5999Z which has yet to be registered as of early September 2016.

On Sunday, 30 October 2016, Go-Ahead confirmed that the BYD K9 will enter service in early November, starting with Service 17 before bring trialed on other routes.

The livery was changed yet again shortly before trial commencement to comply with the Commercial Advertising on Bus Contracting Model Buses regulation, which requires the front 1/3 of the bus to be completely free of advertising. This was done by JE Graphics Pte Ltd again.


Debut (Service 17)

On 7 November 2016, SG4001J made its revenue service debut on Bus Service 17, plying between Pasir Ris Bus Interchange and Bedok Bus Interchange.

The interior was also fitted with revenue collection equipment, which is the New On-board Bus Equipment (NOBE) consisting of farecard readers and a driver’s console, as well as a coinbox, and the Trapeze Common Fleet Management System. The bus is wheelchair-accessible for the purposes of this trial, with a passenger-in-wheelchair spotted onboard the bus in the afternoon of 7 November 2016.


Service 119

On Monday, 20 Feb 2017, SG4001J made its debut on Go-Ahead Bus Service 119, plying from Punggol Temp Int and looping at Hougang Street 21. It has been 3.5 Months into its 6 month trial with Go-Ahead Singapore when it debut on Service 119.


Trivia:

  • The bus bears a Mobitec Electronic Display Signage (EDS) of a orange LED matrix design, mounted on the front, kerbside and rear of the bus
  • One of the EDS scrolls is mis-spelt: “Bedik North Ave 4” instead of Bedok North Ave 4
  • The scheduled revenue trip mileage for the bus is 125km, around half the advertised distance of the BYD K9, likely to factor for the tropical climate of Singapore
  • The Common Fleet Management System Driver Display Unit is not logged on to exclude the bus from being part of the BSRF results for Service 17, as specified in the trial conditions.
  • The bus originally could not be tracked on bus arrival apps. It appears as a non-wheelchair-accessible bus when it was  redeployed to Service 119.

Gallery: (Interior)


Gallery: (Pre-Revenue Service)

Other Features:


Promotional Facebook Posts:


Facebook post by Go-Ahead Singapore published on 30 October 2016.


Facebook post by Go-Ahead Singapore published on 3 November 2016.


Facebook post by Go-Ahead Singapore published on 7 November 2016.


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5 thoughts on “Go-Ahead Singapore trials BYD Electric Bus

  • 7 January 2017 at 8:51 AM
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    I hope LTA will consider purchase a small number of the Euro V Volvo B9L(260/310hp) single decker to Go Ahead and other new Operators as well.Can ask Wright to bodied the bus with better rear insulation for the exhaust also..Spare parts also share with B9TL,Less headache and Go Ahead Technicians will love it also.

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  • 23 December 2016 at 12:45 PM
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    The BYD usually follows behind a Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530.

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  • 27 November 2016 at 3:38 AM
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    LTA should change consider Japanese low floor single deck like the Hino Ribbon or Isuzu Erga..Or worst King Long low floor.

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  • 21 November 2016 at 6:40 AM
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    Really has the appearance of an SMRT bus, especially when SMRT has a presence at Loyang. In other words, this bus is cool.

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  • 1 September 2016 at 11:25 PM
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    After so many alterations i hope there will be a seperate unit of batteries for engine and light/AC..

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