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World's First Hydrogen-Powered Smart Tram Exported to Malaysia

Updated: August 01, 2023

The world's first hydrogen-powered smart tram, independently developed by CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC), was shipped from the port of Shanghai on July 21 to Malaysia, and it is expected to arrive at the destination half a month later. This is also the first smart tram delivered to Southeast Asia.

The hydrogen-powered tram was developed and manufactured by CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of CRRC Corporation Limited, and will be used for urban transport services in Kuching, the capital city of the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. The Kuching Smart Rail project has three lines, with a total of 69.9 kilometers, and is equipped with 38 smart trams.

The smart tram is the first to use a hydrogen energy power system, which has the advantages of longer driving range, shorter hydrogen refueling time, lower carbon emissions, energy saving and environmental protection.

The tram has been optimized in structure design and material technology, so that the performance of the tram is more suitable for the local climate.


The world's first hydrogen-powered smart tram will be used for urban transport services in Kuching, capital of Sarawak in Malaysia. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]

It has also been upgraded with an intelligent design system, which is in line with Malaysia's needs of achieving a zero-emissions as well as an intelligent public transport system.

The tram uses a 70 MPa hydrogen storage system and a high-power fuel cell system, allowing the driving range to reach 245 kilometers. The distributed power system is applied featuring a more compact structure, lighter weight and increased power, ensuring the tram can provide Kuching citizens a more comfortable and faster travel experience.


The world's first hydrogen-powered smart tram departs to Malaysia. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]

After arriving in Malaysia, the smart tram will be tested in Kuching over three months.

The successful deployment of CRRC’s smart tram in Malaysia will effectively alleviate the traffic congestion in Kuching, and bring a reliable, efficient and modern mode of travel for locals. 

(Executive editor: Xie Yunxiao)