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According to Bernama, Gemilang International Limited (GML) is expected to deliver 140 units of fully-electric school buses to California, USA in 2022.
Chairman and CEO Pang Chong Yong said, the order of 120 units of 12m-length school buses and 20 units of 7.5m-length school buses was remarkable not just because it was a breakthrough for the US market, but it is also the largest quantity from a single order of EV buses that the company has ever received.
In fact, he said, GML has been supplying bus bodies for various EV makers such as BYD and CRRC to several markets including Malaysia, Singapore, Australia since 2015, and the company expects more countries to catch up with the transition to EV as an increasing number of climate change mitigation commitments have been announced by governments around the globe.”
The Hong Kong listed company said it has been supplying EV buses to the USA since 2016, while the market was still predominantly using fossil fuel powered vehicles.
Pang added that the EV school bus market in the US is enormous with an exponential growth aspect following the recently-announced Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) by US President Joe Biden, committing $2.5 billion (approx. RM10.5 billion) to buy electric school buses for districts around the US.
GML’s notable projects include the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit, Sarawak’s first electric city bus for Kuching Metro, and an electric bus pilot project by the Sabah government for public transport.
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