First Hino hybrid bus in Malaysia to start operating in Medini

By CARSIFU | 16 June 2017

JOHOR BARU: Following a recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Medini City will soon pioneer the use of hybrid busses in Malaysia.

The MoU, signed between Mitsui & Co Ltd, Medini Iskandar Malaysia (MIM), HINO Motor Sales Malaysia and Handal Indah, allows the four parties to conduct trial runs through Medini City and will be operated by Handal Indah for five months, starting from in early July.

Six routes have been planned, with one of them being the Iskandar Puteri route to allow commuters to travel from the Puteri Harbour Ferry Terminal to Larkin Sentral via Medini.

The hybrid bus, with its Euro 3 turbodiesel engine, is being supplied by Hino, while Mitsui brings their experience in smart city development for Medini Iskandar Malaysia’s Low Carbon Society Blueprint, which sees it lowering its carbon emissions by 58% by 2025.

Also, the introduction of the hybrid bus could potentially be part of a future modern fleet of public transportation in Iskandar Malaysia, where they can offer economical and clean public transport system.

The hybrid bus has been designed with wider air suspension system for additional ride comfort and has a low-floor designed chassis that can accommodate special needs while having a capacity of up to 75 individuals, including standing passengers.

“A big part of Iskandar Malaysia’s journey towards becoming a Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing focuses on green environment and smart city living. We embrace ideas and initiatives that contribute towards these two agendas. As such, the possibility of having hybrid busses transporting people across the region is something very exciting and inspiring,” said Iskandar Regional Development Authority chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

With Medini City being the central business district of Iskandar Puteri, it is also a catalytic development within Iskandar Malaysia that's led by MIM.