Nine different models of electric and biodiesel buses are being trialled in Johor over a three-month period, as part of the IMBRT Pilot Testing Programme.
The trial, which commenced on 8 April 2021, is taking place in Iskandar Puteri. It intends to test the buses’ capabilities and demonstrate the use of green technology, in line with Johor’s goal of modernizing its public transport system. More environmentally-friendly buses will be procured as part of the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT), due for rollout in 2023.
Buses being showcased range from 6 metres to 32 metres. Designated test routes were also laid out in the Iskandar Puteri region.
Background to IMBRT
Main Article: Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT)
The IMBRT plan involves the construction of three dedicated BRT corridors from JB Sentral to Skudai, Tebrau, and Iskandar Puteri, each served by 1 trunk service. This is complemented by a network of 55 feeder and 44 direct services, bringing the total network coverage to 2,051km or approximately 90% of the populated area of Iskandar Malaysia.
The Pilot Testing Programme was officiated by Johor chief minister Datuk Hasni Mohammad on 8 April 2021, in an event held at Puteri Harbour. Based on media pictures, only six vehicles were present at the event.
As part of the trial, the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and related agencies will conduct assessments, collect feedback on the effectiveness and safety of the buses, and obtain approval for their actual use in the future.
From left to right: 1. CRRC Zhuzhou ART; 2. Scania K250UB; 3. Putra-NEDO EV; 4. Edison Motors New e-FIBIRD, 5. Skywell NJL6101EV, 6. CRRC CSR6105GLEV1-1
|Supplier||Bus Manufacturer / Model||Vehicle Registration||Propulsion||Description|
|CRRC Zhejiang||CRRC CSR6105GLEV1-1 (Gemilang)||QAA2555V||Electric||Bus previously trialled in Kuching|
|Go Auto Manufacturing (GoAuto)||Unknown (likely Higer)||Electric|
|HMH Electric Transport||Unknown||Electric|
|Edison Motors||Edison Motors New e-FIBIRD PIEV||B2707A (trade plate)||Electric||Left-hand drive|
|Mobilus||CRRC Zhuzhou Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART)||J2909A (trade plate)||Electric||32m bi-articulated vehicle|
|Scania||Scania K250UB (Gemilang)||VX2864||Biodiesel (B100)||Previously MRT Feeder Bus operated by rapidKL|
|Scania||DEFTECH Putra-NEDO EV (Gemilang)||VAD8412||Electric||Opportunity charging (pantograph); bus previously trialled in Putrajaya|
|Scania||Unknown 15m bus||Unknown||Unknown|
|Wise Star Group||Skywell NJL6101EV (TBC)||(trade plate)||Electric|
|WSH Automotive||Unknown (likely Golden Dragon)||Electric|
Two routes have been set out in the Iskandar Puteri region for the road testing of these buses, and are visible on the MyBus app.
The electric buses are based out of a staging area located at Kota Iskandar Bus Terminal.
External Links & References:
- Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit – Posts | Facebook
- Iskandar Malaysia BRT starts three-month pilot testing – paultan.org
- Automated rapid transit arrives in Johor for testing, to be test line for Iskandar Malaysia BRT system project – paultan.org
- Scania pilot-tests renewable fuels and electrification solutions with IRDA’s IMBRT project – Scania [Accessed 28 Apr 2021]