By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, Nov 26: China’s Foshan Feichi Automobile Manufacture Co. Ltd. (Feichi) has assured Sarawakians that their hydrogen-powered buses are safe and reliable.
Its director and general manager Jiang Yong pointed out that hydrogen fuel cell technology has been around for quite some time, with commercialised foundation, and therefore people should not be worried of the problems with this technology.
“Feichi, being one of the hydrogen-powered producing companies in China, has been testing and running our fuel cell buses for the past three to four years. We have collected enormous amount of technical data to prove that our system is running smoothly and commercially viable,” he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin today.
On the Feichi hydrogen buses procured by the state government for public use which have completed its trial run in Kuching city recently, Jiang revealed that the vehicles have been tested, all data collected and the results were also reflected in its database in China.
“Everything from the driver’s driving habit, consumption of gas and all the voltage perimeters are under our monitoring, and which we are happy to note that they are all within the acceptable limit. In fact, the energy efficiency is very satisfactory,” he assured.
He added that Feichi has proven track records with supported data and they will continue to provide after sales support for all their products in Kuching.
This includes training of drivers, operations, mechanics and even setting up a maintenance centre in Kuching to ensure the smooth running of their hydrogen fuel cell buses in the city.
The temporary maintenance centre, which is expected to be completed by end of this year, is located at PPKS Skills Development Centre.
“We are extremely happy to supply our products to the Sarawak government and to be part of the state’s transportation plan. And we are also proud to announce that Sarawak is the first in Southeast Asia region to use and own hydrogen buses,” Jiang emphasised.— DayakDaily