KUCHING–Sarawak’s hydrogen bus service officially began today, offering passengers free rides on two routes with stops near various attractions in the city.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari said, “This is a pilot project. We will add busses if the need arises in the near future,” he said at the press conference after taking a ride on one of the buses at the launch of the service.
The service currently has three hydrogen-powered buses supplied by China’s Foshan Feichi Automobile Manufacturing Co Ltd and operated by SEDC.
It will serve a 14km downtown heritage loop from Kuching Waterfront to Central Timur, Ban Hock Road, Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kubah Ria and the Malay kampung heritage area and the 67km Damai loop from Riverside Majestic to Damai Central.
The service is currently offered free and will run from 7am to 7pm daily.
Abang Johari said this was the first step in the state’s efforts towards developing a public transport system.
“The next step is for us to improve our public transport using hydrogen. At the moment, research is more in favour of hydrogen compared to electric, because with electric you have to dispose of the batteries after three to five years.
“We have been studying the options, and we feel this is the best option as it has zero emissions,” he said.
The buses can travel about 300km or 15 round trips on the Kuching route on a single refill.
They are equipped with high-speed WiFi and the H2Sarawak app, which has features such as bus live location, Google Transit integration for commuters to find the nearest public transport station and push notifications of promotions and places of interest.
Source: The Star