EBIM featured In The Star on July 6, 2016
Credit : The Star
Title : E-bus to hit the road soon
By : Bernama
Date : 6th July 2016
Source : ebim-the-star-news
KUALA LUMPUR: The electric bus will start operation here by the middle of next year.
What makes it special is that it is the first of its kind in Malaysia and an ingenious product of 30 young engineers from local universities.
The idea to create this green technology came as a result of its high demand in the market and low maintenance as compared to conventional buses.
Sync R and D Sdn Bhd chief operating officer, Nurulhanom Laham said the success was impressive as they were still new to technological development and engineering technology owned by China.
“There has actually been a high demand from bus operators, but its supply and electric vehicle facilities such as a charging stations are limited,” she said recently.
The project that began in 2011 had been patented as EBIM (Elektrik Bas Inovasi Malaysia).
Nurulhanom said the electric bus was capable of saving the bus operator’s cost of operation by up to 60% or about RM300mil a year compared with the use of diesel.
The electric bus was made in accordance with the specification and standard set by the Road Transport Department and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe which enabled its safe operation on roads.
“Currently, it is in its final stage of testing and certification to ensure that the vehicle components are at its best state, safe and fulfils the required standard before it is marketed,” she said.
The technology on the battery allows it to cover at least 200km per charge, making it on par with the average trips made by buses on a daily operation.
The design process, costing an estimated RM30mil, is expected to be fully completed by next month.
One of the engineers involved is Mohd Elyas Ariff Shaibudin, 28, a Universiti Malaya mechanical engineering graduate.
He said although they had no experience in designing electric buses, it did not prevent them from using the best of skills acquired from their universities.
The opportunity also motivated young engineers like him to think critically and creatively.
Nizamuddin Daud, 28, said among the challenges faced include the lack of references since electric bus engineering was still new.
“Although we conducted many trial runs that failed, as a team we successfully overcame the obstacles,” he said. — Bernama