Scania K230UB

Scania K230UB
SBS Transit Scania K230UB (Euro IV)
SBS Transit Scania K230UB (Euro IV)
Manufacturer Scania AB
Bodywork Gemilang Coachworks
Years in operation 2007 – Present
Operators SBS Transit
Technical Data
Length 12 metre
Engine Scania DC9 16 230 (Euro IV)
Scania DC9 35 230 (Euro V)
Transmission ZF Ecomat 6HP 502C (Euro IV)
ZF Ecomat 6HP 504C (Euro V)
Accessibility Low Entry & Wheelchair-accessible
Emission Standard Euro IV / V (EGR)

The Scania K230UB (K-Series 230-bhp Urban Bus) is a low-entry, single-deck city bus chassis offered by Scania AB. Also referred to as the ‘Scania KUB’ or simply ‘KUB’, it is one of many configurations offered by Scania’s K-series of bus chassis for city and intercity buses.

SBS Transit is the largest local operator of Scania K230UB buses in Singapore, with 1,101 vehicles introduced between 2007 and 2010. It was then the largest volume order for any single bus model for the public transport fleet, until it was superseded by the Volvo B9TL. Vehicles are configured as low-entry buses, with bodywork supplied by Gemilang Coachworks of Malaysia.

The low-entry design offers zero-step access between the entry and exit doors, allowing for more convenient boarding/alighting and disabled access. This is achieved by relocating drivetrain components to the rear of the bus.

Smaller numbers of Scania K230UB buses are also owned by private operators.

Type Information:

All Scania K230UB units operating in Singapore are of the K230UB 4×2 make. The model number is broken down as follows:

  • K: K-series chassis (centrally-mounted longitudinal engine behind rearmost axle)
  • 230: Power output in horsepower (230hp) rounded to nearest 10
  • U: Urban Bus (City bus)
  • B: No special adaptation (Rigid Bus)
  • 4×2: Wheel configuration (two-axle vehicle, driven rear axle)

Since 2006, Scania’s bus and coach chassis options are characterised as K, N or F-series based on engine layout. The N-series have transversely-mounted engines and transmission units, allowing for a full-low-floor layout. The F-series are for front-engined buses.

There are two variants of Scania K230UB city buses in Singapore, the Euro IV and the Euro V. Both fulfil the requirements of the Euro IV and Euro V emissions standards using Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology. Unlike other Euro IV and V bus models using SCR, the Scania K230UB buses do not require diesel exhaust fluids.

Technical Information:

Chassis layout:
Scania KUB chassis

The bus is constructed on Scania’s K series of bus chassis, which are characterized by the same drivetrain layout: having a centrally-mounted engine and transmission unit oriented longitudinally behind the drive axle (rear axle). Along with a lowered rigid front axle, this allows the Scania KUB to be bodied as a low-entry bus.

The K series chassis can also be configured as an articulated bus, or as a 3-axle coach/double-deck bus like the Scania K310UD double-deck bus in Singapore. This is done with the addition of a tag axle behind the drive axle, with optional rear axle steering (RAS) capability.

Powertrain:

Both Euro IV and V Scania K230UB buses in Singapore are fitted with the DC9 engine rated at 230 horsepower (169 kW).

Scania K series diesel engine offerings (Click to expand)

The K series was launched in 2006 with the Euro IV-compliant Scania DC9 and Scania DC12 engines. In 2008, these would be replaced by the newly-offered Euro V-compliant Scania DC9 (later renamed Scania DC09) and Scania DC13 engines, and Euro VI-compliant engines would follow suit. All engines are offered over a range of power outputs.

Scania K series diesel engine offerings
Euro IV (2006) Euro V (Launched 2008) Euro VI (Launched 2013)
Scania DC9
(5-cylinder, 8.9-litre)
230 hp (1050 Nm)
270 hp (1250 Nm)
310 hp (1550 Nm)
Scania DC9 /
Scania DC09

(5-cylinder, 9.3-litre)
230 hp (1050 Nm)
270 hp (1250 Nm)
320 hp (1600 Nm)
250 hp (1250 Nm)
280 hp (1400 Nm)
320 hp (1600 Nm)
360 hp (1700 Nm)
Scania DC12
(6-cylinder, 11.7-litre)
340 hp (1700 Nm)
380 hp (1900 Nm)
420 hp (2100 Nm)
470 hp (2200 Nm)
Scania DC13
(6-cylinder, 12.7-litre)
380 hp (1900 Nm)
420 hp (2100 Nm)
480 hp (2250 Nm)
410 hp (2150 Nm)
450 hp (2350 Nm)
490 hp (2550 Nm)

For the export market, Euro III engines are also offered. All these engine options are also offered with Scania’s truck range.

In addition to this wide range of diesel engines, a separate range of engines are also offered for alternative fuels, such as Biogas/Natural Gas, Biodiesel, and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

Bodywork:

Gemilang Coachworks of Malaysia supplied the bodywork for all SBS Transit Scania K230UB buses in the form of complete knock-down (CKD) kits. Only three buses were assembled by Gemilang; the remainder were assembled locally in Singapore by ComfortDelGro Engineering and SC Auto.

The bodywork utilises EcoRange, a lightweight aluminium bus body structure developed by Alcan (now known as Constellium).

Private operators of the Scania K230UB in Singapore have also opted for Gemilang Coachworks bodywork (similar to SBS Transit) or the SC Chivalrous bodywork (coach bodywork from SC Auto).

Demonstrator | Euro IV Batch 1 | Euro IV Batch 2 | Euro V Batch 1 | Euro V Batch 2


SBS Transit Scania K230UB overview:

In 2006, SBS Transit launched its first wheelchair-accessible bus, the double-deck Volvo B9TL bodied by Comfort DelGro Engineering. With the upcoming retirement of the Volvo B10M MkII, Scania N113CRB and Mercedes-Benz O405 buses, there was a need to bring in more wheelchair-accessible single-deck buses to replace these older models, and at the same time, meet with more stringent vehicular emission requirements set by government agencies.

1,101 units of the Scania K230UB were delivered between 2007 and 2010, the largest intake of any bus model in Singapore at the time. All KUBs are of the low-entry configuration, with a manual wheelchair ramp at the rear doors.

The first 501 were of the Euro IV specification, while the remaining 600 were of the Euro V specification. All were fitted with ZF 6HP transmission units and bodied by Gemilang Coachworks of Malaysia. A detailed specification list is as follows:

SBS Transit Scania K230UB
Euro IV Batch 1 Euro IV Batch 2 Euro V Batch 1 Euro V Batch 2
Registration SBS8033D*,
SBS8034B – SBS8131D,
SBS8138K & SBS8888D
SBS8132B – SBS8561X
except SBS8138K & several skipped numbers
SBS8562T – SBS8999S
except SBS8888D & several skipped numbers
SBS5001R – SBS5252H & several skipped numbers
Quantity 101 400 400 200
Registration Period 19 Oct 2007 –
27 Dec 2007
4 Apr 2008 –
15 Jan 2009
13 Mar 2009 –
22 Dec 2009
27 Jan 2010 –
15 Jun 2010
Technical Specifications
Engine Scania DC9 16 230 (Euro IV / EGR)
In-line 5-cylinder (fixed-geometry) turbocharged
Scania DC9 35 230 (Euro V / EGR)
In-line 5-cylinder (variable-geometry) turbocharged
Emission Standard Euro IV compliant
Exhaust Gas Re-circulation (EGR) technology, without the need for diesel exhaust fluids.
Euro V compliant
Exhaust Gas Re-circulation (EGR) technology, without the need for diesel exhaust fluids.
Displacement 8867cc 9290cc
Power/torque 230 hp (169 kW) @ 1800 rpm /
1050 Nm @ 1100 – 1500 rpm
230 hp (169 kW) @ 1900 rpm /
1050 Nm @ 1000 – 1500 rpm
Transmission ZF Ecomat 6HP 502C ZF Ecomat 6HP 504C
Bodywork Gemilang Coachworks
Produced as complete knocked-down (CKD) kits. All but 3 units assembled in Singapore by ComfortDelGro or SC Auto. Uses Alcan’s EcoRange aluminium bus body.
Bodywork Assembly ComfortDelGro Engineering (99)
Gemilang Coachwork (2) – SBS8033D & SBS8888D
ComfortDelGro Engineering (300)
SC Auto (100)
ComfortDelGro Engineering (280)
SC Auto (119)
Gemilang Coachwork (1)
ComfortDelGro Engineering (200)
Passenger Capacity** L29 + S58
2 wheelchair bays
L30 + S58
2 wheelchair bays
L34 + S53
1 wheelchair bay
L34 + S53
1 wheelchair bay
EDS Shanghai CanRun Electron Tech KLHP-7B1-2 (Branded as Cool-Air)
Orange LED matrix design
Hanover
Orange LED matrix design
Seats Vogelsitze System 400 (8033D)
Vogelsitze System 750/3 (The rest)
Vogelsitze System 750/3
Vogelsitze System 601 (Wheel arch seat)
Vogelsitze System 750/3 Vogelsitze System 750/3
Air conditioning Denso LD8u Eberspächer Sütrak AC 353 G4 III+
Additional Specifications No wheel arch seats
Two wheelchair bays
Cruise control (some units)
One wheel arch seat
Two wheelchair bays
Two wheel arch seats
One wheelchair bays

* – SBS8033D is a demonstrator unit
** – Passenger capacity: L = Lower Deck, S = Standing

Brief trials of low-entry buses like the Volvo B7RLE [SBS8030L] and MAN 18.240 HOCL-NL (A69) [SBS8031J] were conducted after the debut of the Scania K230UB, but none of these trials translated to volume orders.

Electronic Display Signs (EDS) were fitted to all Scania K230UB buses, supplied by Shanghai CanRun Electron Tech (branded as Cool-Air) (for all Euro IV units) and later by Hanover (for all Euro V units)—this makes Euro IV and V units easily distinguishable from the exterior.

The use of EDS on all buses was a significant departure for SBS Transit away from plastic route destination plates which they have used in the past, long after SMRT Buses (and predecessor TIBS) adopted EDS on its buses. Previously, excluding one-off demonstrator buses, the Dennis Trident was the only volume order of SBS Transit bus that was fitted with EDS when newly delivered. EDS units would be standard for all future bus purchases after the Scania K230UB.

On the interior, all Euro V buses have a front-facing seat just behind the entrance door, a feature not found on Euro IV buses. Euro IV buses have two wheelchair bays; Euro V buses have just one.

Fleetwide modifications:

Scania K230UB buses received the following fleetwide modifications midway through their lifespan:

  • Electronic horn — replaced original air horn (exact date range unconfirmed)
  • Updated instrument cluster — gradually replaced old instrument cluster (exact date range unconfirmed). Original instrument cluster has diagnostics screen on the right of the dashboard; updated one has the diagnostics screen in the centre of the dashboard
  • Denso LD8u air-conditioning units (Euro IV units only) — replaced original Denso LD8i units from 2014 to 2016
  • Eberspächer Sütrak AC 353 G4 III+ air-conditioning units (Euro V units only) — replaced original Carrier Sütrak AC 353 units from late 2016 to 2018
  • Trapeze Common Fleet Management System — installed fleetwide from 2016 to 2017, replaced original SBS Transit DDU
  • Exterior-mounted exit door sensors (model: Pepperl+Fuchs UC2000-L2 ultrasonic sensor) — first trialed in 2015, then installed fleetwide from 2019 to 2020. Replaced original interior door sensors.
  • Mobileye Collision Avoidance System — first trialed in 2014, then installed fleetwide from 2016 to 2019. Mix of Mobileye 560 and Mobileye 630 models.
  • TNT Surveillance SAGE R-BASIC telematics system — installed fleetwide from 2018 to 2020
  • Free Wi-Fi — Only installed on Bukit Merah Bus Package buses. Supported by Starhub.
  • Stroller Restraint System — installed fleetwide from 2019 to 2020
Special Features:

Some buses received additional fittings for advertising or trial purposes:

  • Moove Bling LED Side Lighting — Introduced starting in 2016 on several buses. Part of the Moove Bling advertising feature by Moove Media (advertising arm of ComfortDelGro). Features 15 LED lamps installed above the windowline.
  • Moove Media Wi-Fi Bus — Free Wi-Fi offered as part of advertising campaigns; often paired with full-body bus advertising
  • Starhub Wi-Fi trial — Collaboration with Veniam; one year trial from Jul 2017 – Jul 2018 offering free Wi-Fi on Bus Service 291. Installed onboard 8 buses.
  • GWS Living Art Green Roof — Three month investigation into whether green roofs can effectively reduce heat transmissions in public buses. Green roofs were installed on 10 Scania K230UB buses.
  • INIT Assistive Passenger Information System — Six month trial in 2019, expanded in 2020. Buses were retrofitted with a Driver Display Unit, Internal and External Speakers, and an Induction loop aerial (for hearing aid users).
Special Registration Numbers:
  • During the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), 38 Scania K230UB buses (Euro V Batch 2, then the newest buses in the fleet) were chartered out to ferry athletes within the YOG Village in NTU. These buses bore a special full-bodied YOG livery and the YOG-prefixed registration plates YOG2141 – YOG2177.
  • During the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015, 40 Scania K230UB buses (Euro IV) were chartered to shuttle athletes and event staff between venues. All buses bore a special ASEAN Para Games 2015 livery, and 29 of these buses bore special APG-prefixed registration plates.
Special modifications:

COMET MAXI

Main Article: Public Buses converted into COVID-19 Bus Transporters (COMET MAXI)

In June 2020, during the COVID-19 outbreak, 5 Scania K230UB buses (SBS8702G, SBS8856X, SBS8927A, SBS8939R, SBS8941H) were retrofitted into COMET MAXIs.

These specially modified vehicles were used to facilitate the mass transfer of COVID-19 patients between facilities, such as hospitals, dormitories and various community facilities.


SBS Transit Euro IV Demonstrator Unit (SBS8033D):

In 2007, SBS Transit took delivery of a Scania K230UB demonstrator bus. The bus was registered on 19 October 2007 as SBS8033D, with several Euro IV Batch 1 KUBs registered on the same day.

Unlike other demonstrator buses which typically precede production batch buses by several months or years, SBS Transit’s Scania K230UB demonstrator was registered concurrently with production batch buses, although it was built much earlier.

Since the bulk order for 100 Gemilang-bodied Scania K230UB buses had been made the previous year (in 2006), SBS8033D’s role as a demonstrator bus is more of a bodywork prototype for SBS Transit evaluation, as opposed to the ‘typical’ demonstrator bus, where a new bus model is evaluated on revenue service over several months or years prior to bulk purchase.

It is not known how much SBS Transit paid for the purchase of SBS8033D, as this bus is not included as part of any subsequent volume orders.

Features:

SBS8033D was bodied by Gemilang Coachworks, a Malaysian coachbuilder that would supply the bodywork for all 1,101 production batch buses in the form of completely-knocked-down (CKD) kits.

The bus originally bore a unique front design with a recessed region above the license plate and larger headlights versus the production batch.

SBS8033D is fitted with the Scania DC9 16 230 turbocharged engine and the ZF Ecomat 6HP 502C six-speed automatic transmission, which would be standard across buses of the Euro IV batch. On the interior, SBS8033D is distinctively different from production batch units, featuring a beige and purple colour scheme (Production Batch buses opted for a light brown interior), an older model of bus seats, among other features. Layout of the interior, on the other hand, is largely similar.

SBS8033D entered revenue service some time in November 2007 (exact date unconfirmed). Production batch units made their debut on 1 November 2007.

Comparison Table:

Many features on SBS8033D would be modified before incorporation into the production batch buses. This list is not exhaustive:

Demonstrator (SBS8033D) Production Batch
Front design One-off front bumper design; possibly inspired by the Scania OmniCity or OmniLink integral bus; deep recessed region above number plate for Scania badge, large reflector headlamps, rectangular indicators. Replaced with Production Batch front in August 2013 after an accident SBS8033D-derived front bumper design; shallower recessed region for Scania badge, smaller-sized round headlamps and round indicators
Rear design Protruding ‘shield’ for reversing camera above rear window, incandescent bulbs for brake/signal indicator lamps (later replaced with LED) No rear reversing camera housing, LED bulbs for brake/signal indicator lamps as standard
Interior colour scheme Beige for sidewall panels and driver’s compartment, dark purple colour scheme for pillars and air-con ducts, dark blue for front wheelarch bodypanels Light brown colour scheme for most body panels, darker brown for air-con ducts
Windows Initially non-tinted. Later blue-tinted using window film. Slightly tinted
Bus seats Vogelsitze System 400 seats (red and yellow-green PVC seat covers, uniform colour) Vogelsitze System 750/3 seats (red and yellow PVC seat covers, with mosaic pattern)
Front wheelarch Taller front wheelarch housing; no wheelarch seats. Side EDS mounted slightly higher as a result. Shorter front wheel arch housing. Later versions would feature wheelarch seats. Side EDS mounted at lower window line area (Euro IV) and upper window line area (Euro V)
Wheelchair bay Front wheelchair bay cushion mounted on stand Front wheelchair bay cushion mounted to headwall
Exit Door Swing plug exit door with support handlebar attached to rotating door pillar (similar to Volvo B10TL) Swing plug exit door without handlebar

In August 2013, SBS8033D had its front replaced with a Production Batch design after an accident.

After the full transition of the bus industry to the GCM, SBS8033D was converted into a Training Bus, as with other non-standard bus models. In 2018, the bus was fitted with external sensors and wiring for data collection as part of an autonomous bus development project in collaboration with ST Kinetics, and reverted to normal by the end of the year.

Other Low Entry demonstrators:

The Scania K230UB was one of several models of Euro IV low-entry buses that SBS Transit was trialing in the late 2000s. However, none of these trials translated to volume orders, and Scania K230UB buses continued to be procured in large numbers during and after their trial periods.

  • SBS8030L: Volvo B7RLE (Soon Chow) — registered 18 Dec 2007
  • SBS8031J: MAN 18.240 HOCL-NL (A69) (Gemilang) — registered 13 Jun 2008, deregistered in 2009
  • “SBS8032G”: Possibly reserved for the Mercedes-Benz OC500LE (Gemilang) — sighted in early 2009, but never registered
  • SBS8033D: Scania K230UB (Gemilang) — registered 19 Oct 2007

SBS Transit Euro IV Batch 1 (SBS8034B – SBS8131D, SBS8138K & SBS8888D):

In 2006, SBS Transit purchased 100 Scania K230UB buses of the Euro IV specification, built at a cost of $36 million. They were registered between 19 October 2007 and 27 December 2007 as SBS8034B – SBS8131D, SBS8138K & SBS8888D. The reason for the jump in registration numbers is not known.

All Euro IV KUB buses are built to similar technical specifications as the Demonstrator unit (SBS8033D), but with significant aesthetic changes to the interior, such as the colour of body panels and air-conditioning vents, and type of seats.

Most buses were registered in numerical order (SBS8034B – SBS8131D), with SBS8138K and SBS8888D breaking this trend. All buses were assembled in Singapore by ComfortDelGro Engineering using complete knock-down (CKD) kits supplied by Gemilang Coachworks, with the exception of SBS8888D, which was fully assembled in Malaysia by Gemilang Coachworks.

On 1 November 2007, ten buses made their debut on both Service 100 (between Serangoon and Ghim Moh) and Service 174 (between Boon Lay and New Bridge Road), as was reported in local news media. Only 12 buses had been registered by then (SBS8033D–SBS8042C, SBS8138K, SBS8888D).

Features:

The Scania K230UB buses were fitted with environmentally friendly Euro IV engines which emit fewer harmful particulates into the atmosphere. Furthermore, exhaust gas re-circulation technology (EGR) is employed to cleanse the fumes that are emitted. The buses are also made with special high tensile, lightweight aluminum, and equipped with six-speed ZF automatic transmission to improve fuel efficiency.

For the interior, bodywork panels are in shades of light brown, in stark contrast to SBS8033D which used beige, purple, and dark blue. A new model of seats (Vogelsitze System 750/3) replaced the older model used on SBS8033D (Vogelsitze System 400).

Some of the earlier buses in this batch area fitted with a cruise control feature, activated by a switch on the right side of the dashboard. This feature is not known or used by most Bus Captains.

The bus has a licensed carrying capacity of 87 passengers, comprising 29 seated and 58 standing passengers. Two wheelchair bays are available.

Deployments & Later modifications:

In 2014, 32 buses of this batch were registered with the Malaysian Land Transport Public Commission (Malay: Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat, or SPAD) for deployment on cross-border routes 160170 and 170X, replacing the previous fleet of Volvo B10M Mk IV buses.

List of buses registered for cross-border operation (Click to expand)
  • SBS8045U, SBS8046S, SBS8049J, SBS8050D, SBS8052Z, SBS8053X, SBS8057K, SBS8059E, SBS8060A, SBS8062U, SBS8065L, SBS8066J, SBS8072R, SBS8074K – SBS8076E, SBS8079Y, SBS8084G, SBS8104H, SBS8107A, SBS8108Y, SBS8112J, SBS8114D – SBS8116Z, SBS8120K – SBS8123C, SBS8128P, SBS8130G & SBS8131D

Several of these buses have also been converted into dedicated Training Buses. These buses are modified with with additional L-plate holders (which indicates under instruction), safety cameras mounted on the bus exterior, additional driver assistance systems, and an additional seat fitted on the aisle beside the driver’s cab for the driving instructor.

Other fleetwide modifications are discussed in the summary table above.


SBS Transit Euro IV Batch 2 (SBS8132B – SBS8561X, with unused registration numbers):

In 2007, SBS Transit made additional orders for 400 Scania K230UB buses of the Euro IV specification, built at a cost of $144 million. They were registered between 4 April 2008 and 15 January 2009 as SBS8132B – SBS8561X (with unused registration numbers in between), in numerical continuation after the Euro IV Batch 1 buses.

All Euro IV KUB buses share similar technical specifications. The main difference lies in the interior, with Euro IV Batch 2 buses fitted with a wheelarch seat behind the driver’s cab.

Euro IV Batch 2 were registered between SBS8132B – SBS8561X, except SBS8138K (from the Euro IV Batch 1), and many unused registration numbers in between with the number “4” in the fourth digit, in what appears to be a case of tetraphobia:

Euro IV Batch 2 Registration Numbers

  • SBS8132B – SBS8137M
  • SBS8139H – SBS8223Y
  • SBS8225S – SBS8432K (except registration numbers ending with “4”)
  • SBS8433H – SBS8483M
  • SBS8485H – SBS8561X (except registration numbers ending with “4”)

with the exception of SBS8888D, which was fully assembled in Malaysia by Gemilang Coachworks.

Features:

Compared to the Euro IV Batch 1 buses, the Batch 2 has a slightly different placement of grab poles. A wheel arch seat (for one adult and one child only) was fitted behind the driver’s cabin, also supplied by Vogelsitze but of the System 601 make.

All buses were assembled in Singapore using complete knock-down (CKD) kits supplied by Gemilang Coachworks. ComfortDelGro Engineering (the engineering division of SBS Transit’s parent company, ComfortDelGro Corporation) assembled 300 buses, while the remaining 100 buses were contracted to local bodybuilder SC Auto.

The bus has a licensed carrying capacity of 88 passengers, comprising 30 seated and 58 standing passengers. Two wheelchair bays are provided.

Deployments & Later modifications:

In 2010, SBS8405P received a full LECIP EDS set, but reverted back to CoolAir in 2011.

In 2014, 48 buses of this batch were registered with the Malaysian Land Transport Public Commission (Malay: Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat, or SPAD) for deployment on cross-border routes 160170 and 170X, replacing the previous fleet of Volvo B10M Mk IV buses.

List of buses registered for cross-border operation (Click to expand)
  • SBS8191E, SBS8192C, SBS8195U, SBS8197P, SBS8202H, SBS8204C, SBS8207U, SBS8208S, SBS8210J, SBS8212D, SBS8237H, SBS8243P, SBS8246G, SBS8252M, SBS8257A, SBS8258Y, SBS8261L, SBS8305U, SBS8311B, SBS8312Z, SBS8317K, SBS8318H, SBS8320A, SBS8325L, SBS8352H, SBS8387H, SBS8390Y, SBS8392S, SBS8400C, SBS8403U, SBS8406L – SBS8408G, SBS8410Z, SBS8435C – SBS8440L, SBS8442G – SBS8444B, SBS8450H, SBS8452C, SBS8456S, SBS8488A & SBS8491P

Other fleetwide modifications are discussed in the summary table above.


SBS Transit Euro V Batch 1 (SBS8562T – SBS8999S, with unused registration numbers):

In 2008, SBS Transit made additional orders for 400 Scania K230UB at a cost of $147 million. Buses were registered between 13 March 2009 and 22 December 2009 as SBS8562T – SBS8999S, with unused registration numbers in between.

All Euro V KUB buses share similar technical specifications, and are identical on the interior and exterior.

Euro V Batch 1 were registered between SBS8562T – SBS8999S, except SBS8888D (from the Euro IV Batch 1). In what appears to be yet another case of tetraphobia, most buses were not registered with the number “4” in the fourth digit.

Euro V Batch 1 Registration Numbers:

  • SBS8562T – SBS8887G (except registration numbers ending with “4”)
  • SBS8889B – SBS8999S (except registration numbers ending with “4”)
  • Exceptions: SBS8884P, SBS8894K, SBS8904R, SBS8934D, SBS8954X, SBS8984J & SBS8994E
Features:

This batch of Scania K230UB buses were delivered to the Euro V emission standard, fulfilling higher emission standards with the redesigned Scania DC9 engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission (ZF Ecomat 6HP 504), an updated model over the ZF Ecomat 6HP 502 used on Euro IV buses. Euro V buses are also fitted with EDS units supplied by Hanover, which easily distinguish them from Euro IV buses.

On the interior, Euro V buses have two wheelarch seats, one located behind the driver’s cab and the other behind the entrance door. Compared to the Euro IV Batch 2 buses which use a modular bus seat, these wheelarch seats are made with padded cushions laid down directly onto bodywork panels. Also, the forward wheelchair bay was replaced with three side-facing seats, leaving just one wheelchair bay for Euro V buses. All other aspects of the interior are similar to the Euro IV buses.

All buses were assembled in Singapore using complete knock-down (CKD) kits supplied by Gemilang Coachworks, with the exception of 1 bus, which was fully assembled in Malaysia by Gemilang. ComfortDelGro Engineering (the engineering division of SBS Transit’s parent company, ComfortDelGro Corporation) assembled 280 buses, while the remaining 119 buses were contracted to local bodybuilder SC Auto.

The bus has a licensed carrying capacity of 87 passengers, comprising 34 seated and 53 standing passengers. Each bus has one wheelchair bay, with wheelchair accessibility offered via a manual ramp installed at the exit door.

Later modifications:

Between February and April 2014, the IHI On Board Unit (OBU) was installed on SBS8943C as part of a A*STAR-IHI Corporation trial to develop a junction safety system for public buses. The system communicates with monitoring sensors at the junction, advising Bus Captains on incoming traffic and pedestrians when making discretionary right turns. This system was trialled at the right turn from Jurong East Central to Toh Guan Road. [Link]

In late 2014, SBS8689L was fitted with entry and exit doors by Masats, similar to those used on SMRT MAN A22 buses. The original model of doors from SMC Transit were later reinstalled in late 2016.

From late 2016 to 2018, all buses were fitted with Eberspächer Sütrak AC 353 G4 III+ roof-mounted air-conditioning units, replacing the original Carrier Sütrak AC 353 units.

SBS8904R was fitted with a Denso LD8u air-conditioning unit in early 2017, later removed that same year.

Other fleetwide modifications are discussed in the summary table above.


SBS Transit Euro V Batch 2 (SBS5001R SBS5252H) (with unused registration numbers):

In 2009, SBS Transit procured a final batch of 200 Scania K230UB at a cost of $72 million. Buses were registered between 27 January 2010 and 15 June 2010 as SBS5001R – SBS5252H, with unused registration numbers in between.

All Euro V KUB buses share similar technical specifications, and are identical on the interior and exterior.

Euro V Batch 2 were registered between SBS5001R – SBS5252H. Continuing with SBS Transit’s tetraphobia theme, registration numbers containing “4” in the third and/or fourth digit were skipped.

Features:

Technical specifications, interior features, and seating capacity are all identical to the Euro V Batch 1 buses (see above). All buses were assembled in Singapore by ComfortDelGro Engineering using complete knock-down (CKD) kits supplied by Gemilang Coachworks.

Later modifications:

During the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), 38 Scania K230UB buses (Euro V Batch 2, then the newest buses in the fleet) were chartered out to ferry athletes within the YOG Village in NTU. These buses bore a special full-bodied YOG livery and the YOG-prefixed registration plates YOG2141 – YOG2177.

From 2017 to 2018, all buses were fitted with Eberspächer Sütrak AC 353 G4 III+ roof-mounted air-conditioning units, replacing the original Carrier Sütrak AC 353 units.

SBS5051X and SBS5236E are fitted with LTA’s Assistive Passenger Information System supplied by INIT, paired with Visaton speakers


Conversion to COVID-19 Passenger Transport Vehicles

Main article: Public Buses converted into COVID-19 Bus Transporters

In June 2020, 5 SBS Transit Scania K230UB Buses (SBS8702G, SBS8856X, SBS8927A, SBS8939R & SBS8941H) were converted into COVID-19 Passenger transport vehicles by TRIGEN Automotive in Liannex.


Major accidents & incidents:

  • SBS8721B was involved in an accident with a garbage truck along Tampines Avenue 10 on Jul 28 2014, operating on Service 27. Repaired.
  • SBS8900B was scrapped in 2013 after a serious accident within Ayer Rajah Bus Park, the first ever SBS Transit K230UB to be scrapped.
  • SBS8909C was involved in an accident along the ECP on 29 Oct 2013 while operating on Service 30. It was repaired and returned to service in 2014.
  • SBS8360J was involved in an accident at Bus Stop 42199 – Aft Bukit Batok East Ave 6, Jalan Jurong Kechil while operating on Service 157 on 11 May 2018, slamming into SMB1636U operating on Service 970. SBS8360J was subsequently de-registered while in the Traffic Police Pound. In August 2020, the bus was released back to SBS Transit.

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2 thoughts on “Scania K230UB

  • 7 October 2019 at 11:43 PM
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    I hope Scania K230UB will go Back to 293 because according to Depot, SBS8569A Perm on Svc 293

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  • 13 September 2018 at 4:56 PM
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    Euro 5 Batches undergoing aircon replacement

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