DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech) is to build Malaysia’s first quick charge electric bus, called the Super Quick Charge (SQC) Electric Vehicle (EV) – the Putra NEDO EV bus.
Deftech is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad and it has been entrusted with the manufacturing and maintaining of EV bus.
The SQC project is part of a technology transfer 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 undertaken by a Japanese consortium that consists of Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation, PUES Corporation, Hasetec Corporation and Oriental Consultants Global Company Limited.
Deftech is expected to become the regional hub for the production of the 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 single 10 minutes charge between each run (average of 30km) via an overhead pantograph. Other commercial EV buses generally require an overnight charge (estimated 6-8 hours) to operate optimally.
To date, Deftech has been entrusted to manufacture 11 Single Decker EV buses.
A total of 8 buses has been supplied to PPj, which are already in operation, whereas the balance 3 units are scheduled to 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.