Hamad Port received 130 electric buses – the last batch of a total of 741 units Qatar ordered for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The fleet of e-buses will be fully operated by Mowasalat (Karwa) and will be embedded in the country’s public transportation system, thus creating a lasting legacy of clean energy mass transit long after the tournament. 

This step is also a reinforcement of Qatar’s leading ranking in the field of clean energy mass transit, among the first countries in the world to have an integrated system of electric buses. This also shows Qatar’s commitment to providing the world with clean energy solutions, and at the same time hosting an exceptional, eco-friendly and carbon-neutral World Cup.

Transition to electric vehicles

The fleet of electric buses is in support of the plan for the country’s transition to electric vehicles developed by the Ministry of Transportation in association other concerned agencies. The full delivery of Qatar’s electric bus order will set the stage for transforming 25% of the bus fleet of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ to electric.

This year, electric buses will be used on Metrolink services and on public transit routes that will operate in Doha,  Lusail City and Al Khor. There will be over 200 operational and administrative staff and over 3,000 drivers for the operations of the e-bus fleet.

Mowasalat (Karwa) already begun the electrification of public transit routes. Currently, Route 76 is already in full operation. All alternative transportation services for the Gold Line and Red Line of Doha Metro now also run on electric buses. From 2023 and beyond, electric buses will be used on 44 Metrolink routes and on 48 public transit routes.

Bus stations and depots

In support of this plan, Karwa will fully operate eight bus stations equipped with electric charging units in Al Sudan, the Industrial Area, Al Wakra, Education City, Lusail, Gharrafa and Msheireb. This will be gradually implemented from May through August. The West Bay Central Bus Station will start operation in November.

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Karwa will also have four bus depots by the third quarter of this year, equipped with all service and living facilities for staff. Over 600 electric bus charging devices will be installed at bus stations and depots, as well as at Metro Stations and at other locations within the approved routes.

Addiitionally, 2600 bus stops will be established following the public transit operation plan during and after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. These projects are part of the Public Bus Infrastructure Program that the Ministry is developing in cooperation with the Public Works Authority Ashghal.

Minister of Transport, HE Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti said that the arrival of the final batch of e-buses and the announcement of their timeline for the establishment and operation of bus stations and depots is a major and advanced step that back the strategy of the country’s transition to electric vehicles. He also took note of the fact that all facilities of the programme are equipped with the infrastructure necessary for operating e-buses.

These accomplishments, he added, will support the objectives of the Public Bus Infrastructure Program,  providing an integrated and sustainable public transportation network that covers all urban areas and that includes public transit buses, the Doha Metro and the Lusail Tram. These are especially important as they will concur with the events of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, he said.

Qatar’s Public Bus Infrastructure Program

The Public Bus Infrastructure Program in Qatar is one of the most eco-friendly programmes in the world, and served as the foundation for a full switch to a transportation system powered by clean and eco-friendly electric energy instead of the conventional fuel.

Mowasalat (Karwa) CEO Fahad Saad Al Qahtani also expressed support for the programme, and said they are keen to provide modern, comfortable and eco-friendly transport solutions using the latest technology, in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. He said that the programme is a true legacy in line with the sustainable development projects sought by the State beyond the tournament.

The electric buses are fully customised to handle the demands of street and weather conditions in Qatar and are equipped with the latest and safest proven battery technology in the automobile industry, with an average reach of more than 200 km per full charge.

Source: MOTC

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