Zhongtong LCK6126EVG (N12)

Zhongtong LCK6126EVG (N12)
Zhongtong LCK6126EVG on NUS ISB BTC
Manufacturer Zhongtong Bus Holding Co., Ltd.
Bodywork NA (integral)
Years in operation 2022—Present
Operators ComfortDelGro Bus
Technical Data
Length 12 m
Motor Dana–Prestolite TM4 SUMO MD
Battery CATL LFP (350 kWh)
Accessibility Low Floor
Emission Standard Zero tailpipe emissions

The Zhongtong N12 is an electric single-deck city bus model offered by Chinese bus manufacturer Zhongtong Bus Holding Co., Ltd. (中通客车). The 12-metre bus belongs to Zhongtong’s N series range of electric city buses.

Local private bus operator ComfortDelGro Bus procured a fleet of Zhongtong N12 buses for use on university shuttle bus routes (exact model designation: Zhongtong LCK6126EVG), configured as full-low-floor battery-electric buses with both two-door and three-door specifications. Buses were first spotted in Singapore in August 2022.

In addition, a three-door variant of this bus in Lush Green livery was spotted in September 2022, and will likely be offered to the Land Transport Authority as a trial.

See also: Electric Buses in Singapore


Background

The N series electric city bus range was launched by Zhongtong on 1 November 2019. Four models of different lengths were offered, namely the N8, N10, N12, and N18, the last of which is an articulated bus.

According to Zhongtong, extensive optimizations for energy saving, such as improved regenerative braking, HVAC, and other subsystems, achieve a 7 to 10% improvement in energy consumption over previous generations of electric buses. These features, combined with long-life traction batteries (supplied by CATL) and maintenance-free motor bearings, contribute to the low cost of ownership. Its steel unibody construction also achieved a 5-star safety rating by C-SCAP.

The bus has entered service in many Chinese cities, the largest being an order for 811 units for Harbin that were optimized for cold weather operation. Outside of China, around 30 buses were delivered to Egypt in 2020, and trial buses were delivered to Porto (Portugal) and Israel for trial in 2021. Zhongtong N12 buses in both battery-electric and trolleybus variants were also delivered to Mexico City in 2021 for trial.

Zhongtong’s entry into the Singapore electric bus scene comes amid the Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s push to rapidly electrify the public bus fleet. Half of all public buses will be electric by 2030, which is about 3,000 buses.


ComfortDelGro Bus orders

Private bus operator ComfortDelGro Bus secured multi-year operating contracts from both the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in November 2021 and February 2022 respectively, for the provision of campus shuttle bus services at both universities.

As part of these contracts which commenced late 2022, ComfortDelGro Bus will gradually introduce electric buses to the shuttle bus routes. While a rollout timeline has not been provided, all buses serving both campuses will eventually be replaced with electric ones, which is about 50 buses. However, Zhongtong LCK6126EVG buses will make up only a part of this bulk order, as 10 BYD B12 buses were also procured alongside these buses.

According to requirements announced by both universities, buses will be wheelchair accessible and equipped with a telematics system, an anti-fatigue system as well as a forward collision and side collision warning system. A mobile app will offer access to real-time information on bus location along the route, arrival time, and passenger occupancy rate.

2 Door Variant

In August 2022, 5 of these Zhongtong LCK6126EVG buses were spotted in Singapore pending registration. These were configured as low-floor buses with 2 passenger doors. 3 units bore the NUS’ livery of orange & blue, while the other 2 units for NTU bore a blue livery.

Registration & Rollout

Registration of these buses commenced on 21 September 2022.

  • PD496S, PD622U & PD728Z
    (Registered on 21 Sep 2022; with NUS Livery)
  • PD583Z & PD698B
    (Registered on 19 Oct 2022; with NTU Livery)

These buses entered service on NUS’ Internal Shuttle Bus network on 26 September 2022, with PD496S and PD622U deployed on Service BTC, and PD728Z deployed on Service D1.

With the rollout of the 3 door BYD B12A03 buses at NUS on 21 November 2022, PD496S & PD622U was withdrawn from the NUS ISB network and redeployed to the Sentosa ISB network from 30 November 2022 in full orange livery.

Over at NTU, these electric buses were first spotted in service on 7 November 2022 on the Campus Rider (Green Loop).


3 Door Variant

3-door variants were first sighted sometime in November 2022, and have yet to be registered.


Zhongtong LCK6126EVG – Specifications*
(ComfortDelGro Bus Order)
Motor
Dana–Prestolite TM4 SUMO MD (TZ368XSPE300WH)
Permanent magnet synchronous electric motor
Nominal power/torque of 145 kW / 1055 Nm
Maximum power/torque of 245 kW / 3329 Nm
Battery
CATL Lithium iron phosphate battery (Capacity 350 kWh)
Charged via DC plug-in charger (CCS Type 2 connector)
Bodywork
Zhongtong integral bodywork (Steel monocoque structure).
Full low-floor configuration
EDS Kabym Electronic Display Sign
Coloured LED Matrix; Mounted on Front, Left side, and Rear
PIDS Kabym Passenger Information Display System
Coloured LED text displays, LCD display screens & interior speakers
APCS iris IRMA MATRIX Automatic Passenger Counting System
ADAS Advanced Driver Assistance System:
Movon MRV-21 Advanced Driver Assistance System (forward-facing camera + display unit)
• 360 Degree Surround View (4x exterior cameras + driver display screen) – OEM unknown
Movon MDSM-7 Anti-Fatigue system
Terminal Kabym AL-K80 multifunction terminal
• Fleet management & GPS locator functions
• Controls EDS, PIDS, and en-route announcements
• Driver touchscreen display
Passenger Capacity 29 Seated + 60 Standing = 89 Passengers
2 Wheelchair Bays
Other Specifications Valeo REVO-E Global air conditioning
Ster 8MI seats
• USB Charging Ports
• Aircharge Nylon wireless surface chargers
• Stroller restraint system​
• GreenRoad telematics system
• Zhengzhou Autol automatic lubrication system (AK04 controller)

 


ComfortDelGro Bus Order (For NUS / NTU Deployments)

Interior

The Zhongtong LCK6126EVG is a low-floor single-deck bus, offering step-free access across the entire length of the bus. Buses procured by ComfortDelGro Bus use the conventional two-door configuration.

Like the Volvo B9L buses, the interior design prioritizes standing space, given the mostly short-haul trips undertaken on campus shuttle buses.

The interior design strongly mimics that of Yutong E12 electric buses purchased by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Yutong ZK6126HGA buses purchased by Woodlands Transport. These buses use the same grey floorboard design with crescent patterns, and seats are all supplied by Polish company Ster in similar blue colours.

Wheelchair Accommodation

The bus features two wheelchair bays, both located opposite the exit door. They each accommodate one passenger-in-wheelchair (PIW). Foldable armrests and a stroller restraint system are provided for wheelchair users and the securing of prams respectively, mirroring similar features on LTA-procured buses.

Passenger Information Display System

The bus is installed with a Passenger Information Display System, with LCD screens and LED text displays facing inside and outside the bus.

Drivers’ Cab

The driver’s cab features an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) suite, including a 360-degree Surround View monitor and an Anti-Fatigue system.


3-Door Trial Bus

In September 2022, a Lush Green bus resembling the Zhongtong LCK6126EVG was spotted inside the Cycle & Carriage compound at Pandan Gardens, bearing the placeholder registration plate “SG0000M”. The bus is configured with three dual-leaf passenger doors, similar to the Linkker LM312 and CRRC C12.

The bus will likely be offered to the Land Transport Authority for revenue service trials in the near future.


Gallery (NUS):
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9 thoughts on “Zhongtong LCK6126EVG (N12)

  • 28 September 2022 at 8:30 AM
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    Does this mean that the buses (Bedok & Tampines shuttle) for the Tampines Retail Park shuttle will be replaced too?

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  • 18 September 2022 at 1:17 AM
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    Since ComfortDelGro is handling this buses. Very likely the 3 door Zhongtong will be given to SBST to operate.

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  • 15 September 2022 at 10:12 PM
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    I wonder if there are pictures of SG0000M

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  • 14 September 2022 at 10:18 PM
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    If only they use the MobiTec EDS with white wording like those used by Transperth Volvo B8RLEs.

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  • 13 September 2022 at 11:47 AM
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    Is the one at Pandan Gardens going to be SG4008R?

    Because the LexSWITCH is going to be SG4007T

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    • 14 September 2022 at 10:16 PM
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      I hope to see Zhongtong N18 procured by LTA. We already have the Yutong E12DD in service after all.

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