Ashghal to build Middle East’s 1st factory for EV chargers in Qatar

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ABB Qatar in order to establish a factory in the country to produce electric chargers for electric cars and buses.

This would be the first ABB E-mobility facility in the Middle East region. The agreement was inked in collaboration with the Free Zones Authority, who owns the land where the new charging device plant is expected to be built.

The MoU is accompanied by a contract to supply electric charging devices for electric buses, as part of the Ministry of Transport and Communications strategy to switch to electric vehicles.

According to the statement, “The memorandum includes providing the necessary training for the relevant cadres and students, to qualify them to manage and operate the new electric chargers factory.” It also provides workers with the required expertise and information.

Frank Muehlon
Frank Muehlon
President – E-mobility Division

“As part of ABB’s 2030 sustainability strategy, we are focused on helping fleets unlock the potential of E-mobility with state-of-the-art and intelligent charging solutions. As the world moves towards green bus fleets, our solutions are at the leading edge to help cities and regions around the world discover the value of electrification and how it can help us all transition to cleaner and greener transport solutions.”

Mr. Abdulhakim al-Hashimi, Public Projects Section head in the Building Projects Department, stated that Ashghal will be responsible for following up on the factory establishment process. This will be done in collaboration with the Qatar Free Zones Authority to service electric vehicles and will be integrated with Ashghal’s Public Bus Infrastructure Program, which will provide infrastructure for electric buses and charging equipment.

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