Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Bus / EV News: DEFTECH Announces the Putra NEDO EV Bus - Malaysia's First Super Quick Charge Electric Vehicle


DEFTECH, DRB-HICOM's subsidiary has unveiled Malaysia’s first Super Quick Charge (SQC) Electric Vehicle (EV) - the Putra NEDO EV bus. The SQC EV Bus project is part of  the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan. The SQC EV bus project is the first step into making the Federal Government Administrative Centre, Putrajaya, a more eco-friendly city.


The Putra NEDO EV bus will be operated by Pengangkutan Awam Putrajaya Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd (Nadiputra), a wholly owned subsidiary of PPj, as part of their fleet that services the Putrajaya area. The Super Quick Charging (SQC) System used by the buses requires a single 10 minute charge between each run (average of 30km) via an overhead pantograph.

 According to the brief, other commercial EV buses generally require an overnight charge (estimated 6-8 hours) to operate optimally. The SQC EV bus applies a different technology as compared to other EV buses available in Malaysia. Quick charging in our opinion is the way to go when it comes to electric vehicles as the two main issues when it comes to EVs are range and charging times. So solving one out of two main issues is a good thing. The fact that these buses are for use around an administrative center means that range isn't too much of an issue. 

DEFTECH has been entrusted to manufacture 11 Single Decker EV buses.  8 buses have already been supplied to PPj and are already in operation. The remaining 3 units are scheduled to be delivered in 2018. The company also aims to become the regional hub for the production of the SQC EV buses in all future expansions. This is very much in line with Malaysia's aim to be the Energy Efficient Vehicle hub of this region. 

Definitely great to be aware that the country is receptive to new emissions free technology amidst everything that is happening here.

DEFTECH MANUFACTURES MALAYSIA’S 1 ST
SUPER QUICK CHARGE ELECTRIC BUS

Putrajaya, Tuesday, 4 December 2017 – DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn
Bhd (DEFTECH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM),
has been entrusted with the manufacturing and maintaining of Malaysia’s first Super
Quick Charge (SQC) Electric Vehicle (EV) - the Putra NEDO EV bus.

The SQC project is part of a technology transfer arrangement via a government-to-
government agreement between Malaysia and Japan. A Memorandum of
Understanding was signed between Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) and New Energy
and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan for this
project.

NEDO is undertaken by a Japanese consortium that consists of Toshiba
Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation, PUES Corporation, Hasetec
Corporation and Oriental Consultants Global Company Limited.

DEFTECH is expected to become the regional hub for the production of the SQC EV
buses in all future expansions. The SQC EV bus applies a different technology as
compared to other EV buses available in Malaysia, and possibly the ASEAN region.

The Super Quick Charging (SQC) System only requires a single 10 minute charge
between each run (average of 30km) via an overhead pantograph. Other commercial
EV buses generally require an overnight charge (estimated 6-8 hours) to operate
optimally.

Backed by the full support of various ministries and its agencies, especially that of
the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, and the Road Transport
Department, the SQC EV bus project is the first step in making the Federal
Government Administrative Centre a greener city.

To date, The Super Quick Charging (SQC) System only requires a single 10 minute charge
between each run (average of 30km) via an overhead pantograph. Other commercial
EV buses generally require an overnight charge (estimated 6-8 hours) to operate
optimally.

To date, DEFTECH has been entrusted to manufacture 11 Single Decker EV buses..
A total of 8 buses has been supplied to PPj, which are already in operation, whereas
the balance 3 units are scheduled to be delivered in 2018.

The Putra NEDO EV bus is operated by Pengangkutan Awam Putrajaya Travel &
Tours Sdn Bhd (Nadiputra), a wholly owned subsidiary of PPj, as part of their fleet
that services the Putrajaya area.

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