* Ashghal, Kahramaa begin execution of strategy with other bodies concerned
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) have officially begun the execution of the electric vehicle (EV) strategy prepared by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) in association with other bodies concurred.
Several executive bodies alongside Mowasalat (Karwa) and other national companies with contributions to the strategy are all set to put the strategy in motion according to the timetables. The coming days will see the signing of contracts for EV charging units, the ministry has said in a statement.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalid al-Thani, director of the Technical Affairs Department, MoTC, said Ashghal and Kahramaa will sign contracts for EV charging units as agreed upon within the framework of executing the EV strategy.
Part of the execution plan is the provision and installation of over 600 charging devices by Kahramaa 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.
Electric buses will be used for key services during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, making it the first championship to use electric mass transit buses, as well as the first eco-friendly, carbon-neutral event, he noted.
Setting the strategy in motion, Sheikh Mohamed said, affirms the MoTC’s efforts to provide an integrated, world-class, multimodal transit system with reliable, trustworthy and environmentally conscious services in line with the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030.
By 2022, 25% of the public transit bus fleet in Qatar will have become electric. 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 honouring the concerted efforts that aim to maintain environmental sustainability, the statement notes.
Meanwhile, the MoTC, in collaboration with Ashghal, has finalised the establishment of four park and ride parking spaces in Al Qassar, Wakra, Lusail and Education City. The first two locations have been opened and the other two are opening soon.
Big progress has been made also with regards to establishing four bus warehouses in Wakra, the New Industrial Area, Al Rayyan and Lusail, to be opened during 2022.