The connectivity and mobility of people in urban centres are pivotal to the growth of economic and social activities of cities. As a result of the changing economic landscape globally, governments around the world, including Malaysia, have been prioritising on developing urban transportation ecosystem that is greener and more efficient.
In line with the above, Ireka ventured into the urban transportation business through partnering with CRRC Urban Traffic (Europe) Co Ltd (CRRC UT), a member of China based CRRC Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of rolling stock and rail related products and systems. in December 2017. In July 2019, Ireka and CRRC UT established a joint-venture company, Mobilus Sdn Bhd to spearhead its urban transportation business in Malaysia and Southeast Asia (ASEAN).
Mobilus will focus on the provision of urban traffic solutions, supply of electric transportation vehicles and implementation of urban transportation systems. A key focus will be on green energy and smart transportation solutions, in particular implementing an Automated Rapid Transit (ART) system for cities (a first in Malaysia and South East Asia).
ART is a leading edge technology developed by CRRC Group. ART allows for high passenger capacity and a lower cost of implementation and operates on clean sources of energy like electricity or hydrogen. The multi-carriage, electric-powered unit is equipped with sensors that read virtual track markings of a road, enabling it to automatically navigate its own route, without the need for a physical rail track.
In pursuing the implementation of urban transportation projects, Mobilus will leverage on the strengths, expertise and leading edge technological products of the CRRC Group in the areas of urban transportation, and Ireka’s strong track record in delivering large infrastructure projects.
“Mobilus” is derived from the words “mobility” and “us”, and it summarises the ethos of the company in striving to provide mobility to ordinary people like you and me, in the most efficient and cost effective manner. At Mobilus, we believe that an efficient public transportation network is the growth driver of any city or conurbation, as it is key to improving its liveability and enhancing productivity of its people.
To give you a sense of what’s to come, here’s a short clip of the ART in operations in China: