In April 2017, The Ministry of Transport, national operator KTMB in Malaysia and China's CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive signed a €180 million contract for the supply of electric trains with graphene-based supercapacitors. Now, reports indicate that the first of 13 Class 61 inter-regional diesel multiple-units for services along Malaysia’s east coast corridor have been largely completed at CRRC Zhuzhou’s plant in China.

Malaysian train with graphene-enhanced supercapacitor image

The first trainset is expected to be handed over to national operator KTMB by early July. After a period of testing, it is due to enter commercial service in October. The four-car, 1 000 mm gauge DMUs have a design speed of 140 km/h and are expected to operate at up to 120 km/h. They are reportedly being equipped with CRRC’s own design of graphene-based supercapacitor for storing braking energy and two MAN powerpacks.

Depending on the interior layout, the trains will have seating for 200 to 220 passengers; they have single leaf doors and retractable steps which can be deployed automatically at stations without platforms. The bodyshells have been designed to comply with the European EN15227 crashworthiness standard.

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