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Malaysia’s first electric bus service commences

Malaysia’s first elevated electric bus service, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Sunway Line has been finally launched, making it the country's first public transportation system which uses environmentally-friendly technology.

The electric bus will travel a 5.4km route in Bandar Sunway and will stop at seven stations; Sunway-Setia Jaya, Mentari, Lagoon, SunMed, Sunway University-Monash, South Quay and USJ7,  with the last station to be in operation next year, the Vulcan Post reports.

To celebrate the inaugural bus service, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that passengers will be able to enjoy the service for FREE for two months, starting from now onwards until 1 August 2015.

However, for those who wish to use the Park ‘n’ Ride facility at the Sunway University-Monash station, they would have to pay a flat rate of RM4.

Developed by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad in collaboration with Sunway Berhad, the RM634 million project comes with 15 eco-friendly buses and free WiFi on-board.

“I would like to see this project being carried out in other parts of the country,” said the Prime Minister during the launch of BRT.

In other news, Malaysia has also recently launched its first electric vehicle (EV) named COMOS (Cohesive Mobility Solution) which is available for rent.

(Photo source: freemalaysiatoday.com)

The electric-powered cars can be found at 10 pick-up points in the Klang Valley, at Asia Jaya, Bangsar, Pasar Seni and Ampang Park LRT stations and in Medan Tuanku, Lorong Bunus, Lorong P Ramlee, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Jalan Semarak and the University of Malaya, FMT reports.

The rental fee of the car is around RM25-30 per hour.

To rent the car, users need to register with COMOS at their official website for an access card and an account linked to their credit card.

(Photos from: myrapid.com.my)

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