Qatar’s Kahramaa & Ashghal execute ‘electric vehicle strategy’ by MoTC

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) and Public Works Authority (Ashghal) have officially started the implementation of the electric vehicle (EV) strategy prepared by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in collaboration with other entities.

According to the statement, “Several executive bodies alongside Mowasalat (Karwa) and other national companies with contributions to the strategy are all set to put the strategy in motion.” The contracts for electric vehicle charging devices will be signed in the coming days.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalid al-Thani, director of the Technical Affairs Department at MoTC stated that the Ashghal and Kahramaa will ink pacts for EV charging units as agreed upon within the framework of executing the EV strategy.

“Part of the execution plan is KAHRAMAA’s providing and installing over 600 charging devices at bus warehouses and stations, Metro stations, and other select locations to support the electric buses used for public transit and during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” he added

According to Sheikh Mohamed, setting the strategy in motion reinforces the MoTC’s efforts to create an integrated, world-class, multimodal transit system with reliable and environmentally responsible services, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030’s pillars.

According to the reports, Qatar’s public transit bus fleet will be electric for 25 percent of the time by 2022. “Public buses, government school buses and Doha Metro feeder buses will gradually shift to electrification, thus hitting the rollout percentage that is required to reduce harmful carbon emissions from buses by 2030, in addition to honoring the concerted efforts that aim to maintain environmental sustainability,” as per the statement.

Furthermore, MOTC in partnership with Ashghal finalized the establishment of 4 Park and Ride parking spaces in Al Qassar, Wakra Lusail, and Education City. The first two locations have already opened, with the next two set to open soon.

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