Manufacturer BYD Auto
Bodywork Gemilang Coachworks Sdn Bhd
Years in operation 2022 –
Operator TBC
Technical Data
Length 12 metre
Motor AC synchronous motors
(2x BYD-TYC150A)
Battery LiFePO4 (TBC capacity)
Accessibility Low floor
Emission Standard Zero tailpipe emissions

The BYD K9RC is a fully electric, low-floor double-deck city bus manufactured by BYD in China. The bus was bodied by Gemilang Coachworks, based in Malaysia.

One such example was sighted in Singapore back in April 2021, featuring the Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s lush green livery and SG Bus Decals.

The bus is built by Gemilang Coachworks on a BYD D9RC chassis (based on delivery documents), equipped with two wheelchair bays and other unique features for a pandemic era. It is the second electric double-deck bus model in Singapore after the Yutong E12DD.

Basic Technical Specifications
Electric Motor BYD TYC-150A Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (×2)
Regenerative braking capabilities + Front and rear disc brakes
Battery BYD Lithium Iron Phosphate battery
Bodywork Gemilang Coachworks bodywork
EDS Luminator ULTIMA Electronic Display Sign (EDS)
Orange LED Matrix design. Luminator Basic driver controller.
PIDS Luminator SMART Passenger Information Display System (PIDS)
Driver Assistance TNT Surveillance T-Guard
– Forward collision warning system (T-FA Front Alert Camera)
– Side collision warning system (Side Alert Cameras)
Anti-Fatigue system (T-DA Driver Alert Camera)
– T-SEEDS telematics system
Passenger Capacity Seating (Upper deck): 51 | Seating (Lower deck): 21 | Standing: 50 | Total: 122
Not including 2 foldable seats, 2 wheelchair bays
Additional Specifications Masats door systems
Valeo REVO-E Global electric air-conditioning system (Spheros SC 600 controller)
Ster NewCity seats
USB Charging Ports
Valeo DD540
air-conditioning (TBC)
Pandemic Public Transport Features

Trial Bus

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) procured 60 electric buses in 2018. With no new electric bus orders since, it is likely that the BYD Double-Deck Electric Bus is offered to the LTA as a trial, similar to that of the MAN Lion’s City SD (3 Door) in 2017, and the Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid in 2020.

Based on the VIN number (LC06S44P5J1000001), the chassis was built in 2018 by BYD in Shenzhen, China.

The bus’ traction batteries are located at the rear of the lower deck. Like the Yutong E12DD, the passenger compartment on the lower deck ends just above the rear axle.

More batteries are located in the underfloor next to the exit door, on both sides of the bus. This is similar to the BYD K9 (Gemilang) and results in the raised floor and narrow passenger aisle near the exit door.

Delivery documents on the bus initially referred to the bus as the BYD D9RC, which is likely the name of the chassis and not the actual bus. Similarly, the BYD C6 (Gemilang) buses were built on BYD D6R chassis, and BYD K9 (Gemilang) buses were delivered as BYD D9A chassis. The final model name was later confirmed to be the BYD K9RC.

The bus was fitted with registration plate SG4005Z, pending its registration.

It will also join the CRRC TEG6125BEV03 bus (SG4006X) in an upcoming trial with the Land Transport Authority.

Pandemic Public Transport Features

The bus cabin was fitted with several features installed for public transport in a pandemic era. These include:

  • Driver cabin protective shield
  • Temperature detectors at the entrance doors
  • Touch-less bus stopping bell pushes
  • Ventilation windows on lower and upper decks

However, as at end-October 2021, only the ventilation windows remain on the bus. Other items were removed and the touch-less bus stopping bell pushes were replaced with regular ones.

Other BYD 3-axle double-deck buses

BYD has produced 3-axle double-deck buses since as early as 2012, when images of a gold-coloured, right-hand-drive BYD K10 was circulated on Chinese social media, strongly hinting at a potential trial with Kowloon Motor Bus of Hong Kong. The purported trial did not materialize.

In June 2020, the BYD B12D three-axle double-deck bus (full model name:  BYD6120BD1EV1) was first mentioned in《道路机动车辆生产企业及产品公告》(第334批), the 334th issue of a regular publication by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology listing new models of domestic road vehicles. A bus operator in Shenzhen took delivery of 10 units in October 2020, configured as sightseeing buses.

BYD also offers the 45-foot (13.7-metre) BYD C10MS for the North American market, unveiled in January 2020 at the United Motorcoach Association’s annual expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gallery: (Exterior)
October 2021
April 2021
Gallery: (Interior)

October 2021 (pandemic features removed)

April 2021 (with pandemic features)

Edit History

This article was formerly titled “New BYD D9RC electric double-deck bus in Singapore” and updated to BYD K9RC August 2021 to reflect new information about the bus.

See Also:
Other Trial Buses:
External Links & References

26 thoughts on “BYD K9RC

  • 5 January 2022 at 5:17 PM

    Not surprising if 83 or 974 gets this. but hopefully the buses that pass by my house in sims drive that can use DD (i.e 64, 125 and 134) can use this

  • 5 January 2022 at 12:16 AM

    This bus kinda remind me of the scania kub DD

  • 23 November 2021 at 8:38 PM

    The bus would be operated by SBST based at Seletar Bus Depot

    • 3 January 2022 at 11:48 PM

      Hope gets deployed on 130 or 851 / 851e


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