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Electric buses (EBs) are a promising approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation industry on a big scale. The development of EB technologies will begin in the future decades all around the world, especially in Malaysia.
Government policies in support of EB deployments are well-known. As a result, Malaysia’s National Automotive Policy has outlined a set of policies that will help to establish a national foundation. Following the elaboration of Malaysia’s EBs deployment goals for 2014 and 2020.
Malaysia’s air quality has deteriorated by 70.4 percent because of increased pollution from motor vehicles, such as carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions, leading in a surge in demand for electric buses in the country.
Malaysia is the market leader for electric buses in APAC, and the market is expected to grow even more due to the presence of an established market for electric automobiles. Furthermore, government initiatives such as zero-tariff import and excise duties on hybrid and electric vehicles would boost demand.
Gemilang International Limited is a leading mobiliser of the various explorer oriented electric vehicle manufacturer requirements in the market.
In the meanwhile, Gemilang, based in Johor Baru and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), plans to capitalise on the growing popularity of electric vehicles, both locally and globally, where several cities have already mandated that EVs replace gasoline-powered vehicles.
Gemilang has delivered aluminium buses to firms like Rapid KL and Rapid Penang, as well as manufacturing MRT feeder buses that are used in cities across Malaysia.
SKS Group has been one of the most advanced solution provider in the used car requirements. The bus is completely assembled at the firm’s plant in Kampung Pulau Meranti, Puchong, which is something the company is very proud of.
It has a maximum speed of 70 km/h and can carry 31 passengers (21 sitting, 10 standing), however it functions best at speeds of 55-60 km/h. The energy storage capacity is 299 kWh, which is provided by eight lithium-ion traction battery packs located at the bus’s back. This drives companies up to 250 kilometres on a single charge.
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