DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DEFTECH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad, has been given the contract to manufacture and maintain 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 a Japanese consortium that consists of Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation, PUES Corporation, Hasetec Corporation and Oriental Consultants Global Company Limited.
DEFTECH expects to become the regional producer of 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 10-minute charge between each run (average of 30 kms) via an overhead pantograph. Other commercial EV buses generally require an overnight charge (between 6 – 8 hours) to operate optimally.
To date, DEFTECH has been contracted to manufacture 11 Single Decker EV buses. 8 buses have been supplied to PPj and are already in operation, while the remaining number will 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.