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Press Release

The World’s First Project to Demonstrate a Double-Decker EV Bus System

-Aiming for Realization of a Smart Urban Transportation System in Malaysia-
June  6,2016
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO is carrying out an unprecedented demonstration project on a bus system using full-sized double-decker EV buses in the Malaysian city of Putrajaya. Such a system has been considered difficult to develop due to the road weight restriction.

The demonstration project on an EV bus system in Putrajaya originally started in FY2015, and the addition of full-sized double-decker EV buses launched the second phase of the project. It is being carried out to realize a smart urban transportation system by improving efficiency while aiming for wide-area deployment of urban transportation package projects.

NEDO and the city of Putrajaya agreed to expand their collaboration by amending the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the demonstration project on June 3, 2016.

  • picture:a Double-Decker EV Bus System

Objectives of the Demonstration

  • Operation of full-sized (12-meter-long) EV buses on main routes by using secondary batteries which have a long service life and super rapid charging ability
  • Deployment of a super rapid charging system in the local transportation network
  • Introduction of a system that monitors bus operation as well as installed battery charging status and condition

1. Project Overview

Putrajaya, the center of Malaysia’s administrative government, where Green City 2025 is being promoted as part of its urban strategy, is an ideal city to showcase EV buses in Malaysia and the ASEAN region. From this viewpoint, NEDO and the city of Putrajaya agreed to collaborate on a project to demonstrate EV buses and concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in July 2015. The objective of the project is to demonstrate a super rapid charging system and the long service life of storage batteries from FY2015 to FY2019, with the aim of creating a smart urban transportation system having improved efficiency.

In addition to the ongoing demonstration, the world’s first demonstration of a bus system using full-sized double-decker EV buses was launched. Since double-decker buses have a higher passenger capacity rate per driver and road space, demand is increasing in urban areas of Malaysia and other ASEAN countries. However, development of double-decker EV buses has been considered challenging due to the road weight restriction.

NEDO succeeded in developing a large double-decker EV bus capable of performance that is at the same level as a diesel vehicle. This was possible due to the use of optimal capacity storage batteries and high-power charging technologies which make ten-minute charging possible. With the cooperation of the city of Putrajaya, NEDO is carrying out the world’s first demonstration using two of these buses. The project is being conducted in collaboration with four Japanese companies: Toshiba Corporation, PUES Corporation, HASETEC Corporation, and Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd. Malaysian bus operator Putrajaya Bus (PAPSB) is also participating in the project.

Utilizing Japanese technologies and working together with local companies, NEDO aims to contribute to Malaysia by establishing an EV hub among ASEAN countries. NEDO will also showcase the project and plan for wide-area deployment of urban transportation package projects.

NEDO and the city of Putrajaya agreed to expand their collaboration by amending the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the demonstration project on June 3, 2016.

2. For more information, please contact:

NEDO Smart Community Department
Contact persons: Sano, Watanabe, Kondo
Tel: +81-44-520-5274