Malaysia Launches World’s First Elevated Electric Bus Rapid Transit System

JUL 26 2015 BY MARK KANE 10

BYD electric bus at BRT-Sunway Line, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (image: MYrapid)

BYD electric bus at BRT-Sunway Line, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (image: MYrapid)

Last month, Malaysia launched in Kuala Lumpur the world’s first all-electric Bus Rapid Transit system.

BRT–Sunway Line has over 3 miles of elevated route through the city, and will be operated by 15 electric buses supplied by BYD.

It’s expected that this year BRT–Sunway Line will be used by 2,400 passengers per hour, and in 20 years it will go up to 5,200.

BYD buses can go up to about 155 miles (250 km) on a a single charge, taking up to 67 passengers.

“Breaking new frontiers in public transportation, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak today officiated Malaysia’s first elevated Bus Rapid Transit system, the BRT–Sunway Line (BRT-Sunway Line) – the nation’s newest initiative in enhancing mobility amongst the community and reducing traffic congestion in the Klang Valley.

Implemented under the innovative Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme via the collaboration of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and Sunway Berhad, the landmark project was also officially penned as the first BRT project in Malaysia in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) – the official keepers of Malaysia’s outstanding records and achievements.

To operate with environmentally-friendly buses and completed three weeks ahead of schedule, the project, which is the first fully elevated BRT service in Malaysia, was also recorded as the nation’s first electric bus public transportation system by MBOR.”

Prasarana Chairman Tan Sri Ismail Adam said in his speech at the official ceremony:

“This is indeed a historical day for Malaysia. Today marks a new beginning in Malaysia’s public transport services. We hope that the success of this project will inspire other corporate companies to collaborate with us under the PPP umbrella for new initiatives to further promote effective public transport services in Malaysia.

On behalf of Prasarana, I would like to congratulate Sunway for their visionary outlook and working with us to have an elevated BRT system for this growing township. We have very good working relationship and that had allowed us to complete the project three weeks ahead of schedule.”

Sunway Group Founder and Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah said:

“We have achieved a remarkable milestone for the nation’s public transportation at large.  We believe that this first-of-its-kind project in Malaysia will be setting the minimum benchmark standard and model for all future BRT lines and public-private initiatives.”

“I am pleased to inform that the BRT-Sunway Line has been completed three weeks ahead of schedule.”

BYD electric bus at BRT-Sunway Line, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (image: MYrapid)

BYD electric bus at BRT-Sunway Line, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (image: MYrapid)

BYD electric bus at BRT-Sunway Line, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (image: MYrapid)

BYD electric bus at BRT-Sunway Line, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (image: MYrapid)

Source: myrapid.com.my, thestar.com.my

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10 Comments on "Malaysia Launches World’s First Elevated Electric Bus Rapid Transit System"

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LuStuccc

Great! What are we waiting for?!

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

If you’re going to have a transportation network using an elevated system in the middle of existing roads, at least make a Hyperloop.

LusTuCCC

I was talking about the electric buses… but a hyperloop will be just fine 😉

Jsmay311

Hyperloops (1) don’t exist, and (2) are intended for long-distance, cross-country travel, not intra-urban transport.

I’m more interested in a cost-benefits / pros-cons comparison of elevated roads with BEV buses to an elevated train system.

Pushmi-Pullyu

The article concerns buses running on only three miles of elevated roadway. Not exactly a world-changing innovation.

The Hyperloop, on the other hand, certainly would be.

Cool. I’ll be in KL later this year and will have to check this out.

Please do report about it! That would be an awesome insideevs story.

It’s great to see the BYD buses starting to make a substantial footprint elsewhere in Asia.

At first read, I was waiting to see something like “to be ordered”/”to be delivered”/”to be built”, so common with such stories…. no! It’s is actually completed and up and running. Excellent.

ozz man

That’s great …. for when the ocean levels go up 5 feet and the rest of the city is underwater. haha. The ring of fire will be the ring of steam in 100 years.

John

Sir please don’t use new technology of Germany byd electric bus and trucks to brt sunway Malaysia.sir if u use new technology of Germany byd electric bus and trucks to brt sunway Malaysia all Malaysian brt electric bus will spoil through new technology of Germany. Sir please save our bet sunway Malaysian electric bus.

Johnsena

Sir please don’t use new technology of Germany byd electric bus and trucks to brt sunway Malaysia.sir if u use new technology of Germany byd electric bus and trucks to brt sunway Malaysia all Malaysian brt electric bus will spoil through new technology of Germany. Sir please save our bet sunway Malaysian electric bus.