Qatar has announced that by the 2022, at least 25 percent of the public transport buses in the State would be electric.
Public buses, Public schools’ buses and Doha Metro feeder buses will all be gradually transformed into electric buses. This is being done to achieve the required percentage for reducing carbon emission rates, otherwise caused by traditional buses by 2030. This also aims to achieve and preserve environmental sustainability.
This is in-line with the implementation of electric vehicles strategy prepared by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, together with concerned authorities.
This also forms part of the ministry’s strategy to provide an integrated multi-modal transport system at a global level with safe, reliable and environment-friendly services, which is on par with the Qatar National Vision 2030 of social, economic and environmental development.
The electric buses would be used as the main services during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It will be the first tournament to use electric mass transit buses, which clearly reflects the commitment by the State of Qatar to clean energy solutions for transportation in the world, and its commitment to host an exceptional tournament that is environment-friendly and ‘carbon neutral’.
As part of this plan, the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), together with the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, is working to establish an integrated network of electric vehicle charging devices to support the Ministry’s plan and to gradually transform the electric transmission system.
About 30 electric charges would be operated in the current year and another 100 charges would be established next year, and the largest electric charging station in the region would be established in Lusail City, running on solar energy, and linked with all stations.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport is working with Mowasalat Corporation (Karwa) and working on a comprehensive plan to convert all taxis to electric-powered cars in the coming years. The Ministry has already completed the preparation of standards and specifications for electric vehicles, and they have got approval from the Qatar Authority for Standardization, and they will soon be circulated to relevant authorities and specialists.
Also, 100 electric car parks will be constructed as a first stage, and work is underway to include parking lots in the proposed tenders.
This transformation is thought to support the development of an infrastructure for integrated and multimodal electric public transport system in the country, the first of its kind in the region as several permanent warehouses will be established in multiple regions of the country in a planned geographical manner containing facilities like parking, shipping and maintenance equipment.
Several administrative buildings, accommodation for drivers and employees will also be ready by 2022, apart from several major stations to support electric transport services.