New York Transit's BYD 40-foot Electric Bus
BYD announced that it won the bid to supply 15 new battery electric transit buses to Malaysia's Prasarana Transit.
This is Malaysia's first EV bus order and the largest order in all of Southeast Asia for electric buses. BYD boasts that it beat out competitors from around the world for this historic project.
"The 15 electric buses will be operated by Rapid KL, a Prasarana subsidiary, to be used as shuttle buses on capital of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur’s first BRT line exclusively for electric buses. As one of Malaysia's largest public transportation groups, Prasarana is responsible for the management and planning of Malaysia metro, buses and other public transportation assets. Prasarana is 100% state-owned."
The victory probably is the fruit of trial operation in Kuala Lumpur since last August where BYD demonstrated that range in the specific conditions could be more than 400 km.
A BYD representative stated:
"It’s a great honor for us to win the Malaysia’s first electric bus bid. Malaysia pays great attention to the sustainable development of public transport, BYD hopes to work closely with all of our partners like Prasarana to make the public transportation cleaner and quieter.”