The country's first electric car charging station project (Phase 1) was launched on Tuesday by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) as part of its ambitious `Green Car Initiative'.
The project took off with the co-operation of Siemens Qatar and Alfardan Automobiles at a ceremony held at Kahramaa Awareness Park (KAP) in Al Thumama where the country's first electric car charging station was formally launched by Kahramaa president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari.
On the occasion, al-Kuwari recalled that the Green Car Initiative was launched last May after an agreement signing involving Kahramaa, the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Ministry of Transport and Communications.
"The agreement stemmed from the country’s understanding of the necessity of providing future generations with a clean, healthy, and safe environment. It comes as part of Tarsheed’s objective to reduce CO2 emissions in Qatar by (7%) from the total targeted percentage of all sectors (17%) by 2022 in line with the Qatar National Development Strategy II.”
The Kahramaa president recalled that when the Tarsheed programme was launched almost six years ago, its goal was to create a culture of conservation and encourage the preservation of Qatar's resources, for its present and future generations.
“The electric car charging station project is an example for our short-term plans to raise awareness and develop the right infrastructure for green cars in Qatar. It is part of a long-term strategic plan set by our wise leadership to develop regulations and policies and to build the necessary infrastructure to ensure the success and sustainability of the green cars,” concluded al-Kuwari.
The Phase 1 of the project is a collaboration between Tarsheed programme, Siemens Qatar, and Alfardan Group, under which the Alfardan Real Estate Group will be providing three electric car charging stations at some of its most prominent properties.
In a statement, Omar Hussain Alfardan, president and CEO, Alfardan Group, said: “Under the strategic leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Alfardan Group remains steadfast in its commitment to uphold the initiatives of Qatar’s Government, particularly the Qatar National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency project, which works towards creating a more environmentally-sustainable environment."
Adrain Wood, CEO of Siemens Qatar, which is overseeing the technical aspect of Phase 1, said his company is proud to be providing the technology for the first-ever electric car charging stations in Qatar and supporting the development of efficient and sustainable city infrastructure.
By the end of first phase of the project, charging stations will be located at KAP, Kahramaa headquarters in West Bay, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The St Regis Doha Hotel, Alfardan Towers, Qatar Foundation headquarters, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Ezdan Mall Al Wakrah.
A number of partners from different sectors of the country are expected to join to help provide electric and hybrid cars, establish the infrastructure , and raise awareness and encourage the public to use these cars.
An exhibition featuring various electric and hybrid cars opened on the sidelines of the event and continue for the next three days from 9am to 1pm. Among the exhibitors were Alfardan Automobiles, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros, Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co, and Nasser bin Khaled Automobiles.