KUCHING: The hydrogen bus is expected to make its proper debut as a public transportation on Sept 15.

Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain revealed at the distribution of sacrificial (qurban)  meat programme at the SEDC Tower, Isthmus Kuching here.

“The hydrogen bus is currently on trial to ensure that everything is in place before it can start operations as a public transportation later on.

“Up to now, everything is okay. We just need to wait for the completion of the trial run,” he said yesterday.

The two-week trial run started from Aug 1 and will end on the 14th, with the first batch of three hydrogen-powered buses.

The trial run is done to test the buses’ hydrogen fuel consumption levels and monitor their travelling performances as well as to address any refuelling issues that may arise. Abdul Aziz further elaborated that upon its official operation, it may start with only one unit at first before moving to the second one while another will be used for tourism.

“The bus for tourism (transportation) will be used as part of a package tour which will bring tourists from one place to another,” he explained.

“Meanwhile, the buses for the public, which will run on designated routes, will be free of charge (for the time being) until the state government decides otherwise (for a minimal charge).”