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Hino Motors Delivers First Electric Buses to MARA

Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) received the first two electric buses in the world produced by Hino Motors.

Hino Poncho ZEV on Trial in Pulau Langkawi 

These buses would undergo trial on selected routes in Pulau Langkawi for two years, supporting Malaysia’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in transportation.

This initiative is a continuation and commitment of both parties after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last March.

“This pioneering project not only promotes sustainable transportation but also reduces carbon emissions on the island,” said MARA Chairman Dato’ Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dato’ Dusuki.

The Poncho ZEV is scheduled to start operating in September to test its suitability for Malaysia’s weather and road conditions. The bus, which could accommodate 11 seats and up to 32 passengers, is user friendly due to its small and low size, making it easy for passengers to board and exit.

Equipped with safety features and zero-emission features, the bus would significantly reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and contribute to a cleaner and greener environment.

MARA also organised the MARA Brew’ 23 Programme to introduce and promote coffee entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry, one of the main industries developed by the agency.

Dr Asyraf stated that this programme would serve as a platform to attract more Bumiputera entrepreneurs, especially the youth, to venture into this popular business.

He added that this aspiration aligned with the trend and demand of many urban dwellers today who considered this beverage part of their lifestyle. “We need to seize this trend as an opportunity that could have an impact on the country’s economy, including creating job opportunities for the local community.”

Ten coffee vendors participated in the programme, which was held for four days from in late June. Visitors participated in various activities such as Coffee Workshops, Coffee Discussions, Latte Art Throw Down competitions, among others.

This programme also witnessed the exchange of MoUs between Callabio Manufacturing Berhad and four companies from Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. The MoUs are aimed at controlling the quality, price, promotion and marketing of coffee products as well as the distribution areas for these products.

Callabio Manufacturing Berhad is an entrepreneur under MARA‘s Gate to Global.

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