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UTM introduces zero carbon emission Telepod e-scooter board

Last Update: 27/02/2019

JOHOR BAHRU, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) continues to be consistent in creating a sustainable campus by becoming the first university to use the Telepod ‘e-scooter board’ as one of the new transportation alternatives.

UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar said the use of the low electrical energy scooter with the smart co-operation of the company Telepod could help reduce the carbon emission from cars and motorcycles at UTM.

He said Telepod was a company from Singapore dealing in consumer friendly transportations.

‘’We already have electric bus and bicycle and with the use of this Telepod electric scooter, we can reduce carbon emission at an estimated 6.72 tonnes a year.

‘’We also want to responds to the Sustainable Growth Development (SGD) initiative and are confident we can achieve it via this joint venture, because the role of the university is very broad in helping the nation achieve SGD for sustainability of society,’’ he said after launching the UTM-TELEPOD, here today.

For the first phase, Wahid said 30 Telepod units were made available and students and staff could use them by downloading the Telepod application.

‘’It is easy to use by downloading the Telepod application and a code scan. It can immediately be used. The first 10 minutes is free. After than users have to pay 30 cent per minute via e-wallet,’’ he said.

For the early stage, the electric scooter would be stationed along the route of the administrative centre and could be rented using the Telepod application.



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