Friday, December 2, 2011

SBS Transit / NTU / THU : Higer KLQ6129GQH2 Fuel Cell Bus (RD6066L)

The Higer KLQ6129GQH2 Fuel Cell Bus was created to ferry athletes and officials around the Youth Olympics Village which was located at Yunnan Garden Campus in the Nanyang Technological University in August 2010.

According to : "The hybrid fuel cell-battery bus is a joint research project by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and China's Tsinghua University (THU) and marks another major step forward in NTU's sustainability research and development."

The bus is zero emission, using a hybrid fuel cell that uses hydrogen and oxygen to transform to electricity, which is stored on in the battery and used to power the bus. It is also low entry, wheelchair accessible bus.
The Higer Fuel Cell Bus @ Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information.
The bus was constructed and tested in Suzhou.

On the road, probably under test drive in China. Photo from sgforums user ssvenisu

In front of Higer's company building in China. Photo from sgforums user ssvenisu
In front of Higer's company building in China. Photo from sgforums user ssvenisu
With the Chinese press in Higer's factory. Photo from sgforums user ssvenisu
The "engine" of the bus. Photo from sgforums user ssvenisu
 After arrival to Singapore, it was under trial run, and was photographed by bigbus weblog's blogger.
Seen here driven around NTU with trade plate and SBS Transit livery minus the logo. Photo by bigbus
It was registered as RD6066L (RD standing for Research & Development) in July 2010, was launched with the Sunlong hybrids. It adorned its current blue advertisment "Zer0 Emission, Low noise, Emits Clean Water".

As the Higer departs Boon Lay Interchange. Photo by bigbus.
It was later deployed to do Youth Olympic Games (YOG) internal shuttle, under the plate YOG3419.
On driver familiarisation runs and with a full body YOG livery, YOG3418 making its rounds. Photo by bigbus.
And after the YOG, the bus was parked for a long time in its holding area in NTU.

In the holding area within NTU, seen with ezlink card readers and revenue service equipments.
Which it seems to remain inside until it was moved out to another spot within NTU from 17th Nov 2011 onwards.
Rough translation: To prevent leafs from clogging up and collecting water, please cover up the roof of the bus as soon as possible. Dated 2011.11.17 by THU.
On to the actual vehicle itself:
The front of the bus with citybus styling, though the top of the bus looks out of place with a higher roof. .

RD6066L, with its badging  model number KLQ6128GQH2.

The roof of the Higer Fuel Cell vehicle, containing the airconditioning pod and fuel cell equipment. The advantages of this bus is shown in this advertisment in blue and green, together with the NTU and THU university logo..
The side EDS of the bus in close up.

The right side of the bus. The black portion under the driver's window adds a nice touch to the design of the bus.
The proud partners : SBS Transit, Land Transport Authority, Higer, and Sinohytec.

GreenLite. There is a rear camera mounted on the roof to aid the driver, and a long rear EDS is installed.

The rear enigne cover, with the Higer and its mandarin character branding covered by the advertisment livery.
*The bus interior is photographed from the outside of the bus through the windows.

The interior of the bus.

The interior colour scheme (thankfully) does not follow the entirely brown theme of the Scania K230UB, instead more of a lighter colour scheme with purple grab poles and yellow door frames. Revenue equipments had been removed.

The seats are by Vogelsitze, with the seating arrangement following standard layout of SBS Transit's low entry buses (K230UB Euro V). With one right wheelarch seat and 2 pairs of 5 side facing priority seats, one wheelchair bay, and standard two abreast seating for the rear half of the bus.

The dashboard of the Higer

The driver's cabin, featuring a very colourful seat for the bus captain. The wheelarch seat is right behind the driver's cabin.

HIGER LCD  TV on the front half of the bus, which is said to show the performance, battery level etc.

The left side of low floor interior, featuring 5 priority seats.
The right side of the bus also feature 5 priority seats. Equipments for the bus is seen stacked here.
Equipment is placed at the wheelchair bay.

Yellow plug doors

Another HIGER LCD TV placed for the rear half of the bus. The airconditioning filter cover is similar to the ones used on the Euro V K230UB.
The low entry configuration, rear half of the seats.
Additional photos courtesy of Frankie Wong, photographed when the bus was on service during the Youth Olympic Games.
Aircon ductings. Photo by Frankie Wong

View from rear to front. Photo by Frankie Wong.
Another view. Photo by Frankie Wong.
The front cabin area of the bus. Photo by Frankie Wong.
As of 3rd Nov 2011, the bus is undergoing conversion to be a fully electric vehicle

The newspaper article on Straits Times, Home Section, B11
The future for hybrid and electric buses. Looking forward to it =)

For more information on the Higer Fuel Cell bus, do check out the links below:

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