The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Alfardan Automotive under Alfardan Group, for providing free electric vehicle (EV) charging units.

The MOU was signed by MOTC Director of Technical Affairs Department Sheikh Mohamed Bin Khalid Al Thani and by Alfardan Group President and CEO Omar Hussain Alfardan, in the presence of His Excellency, Minister Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti.

As per the MOU, Alfardan Automotive is to provide electric vehicle charging units for free and perform the required periodic maintenance for the units. The charging units meet the specifications of electric chargers issued and approved in Qatar and will be installed at locations to be identified by MOTC.

According to Sheikh Mohamed Al Thani, the deal follows the Electric Vehicle Strategy developed by MOTC and KAHRAMAA as the country continues to encourage the participation of the private sector in government projects.

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The availability of the charging unit infrastructure, says Alfardan, will encourage an increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles, which is also aligned with the MOTC strategy to create a positive impact on the environment to benefit future generations.

Greener future

The electric vehicle strategy supports the country’s agenda for a greener future and contributes to striking an economic-environmental balance, ensuring the sustainability of infrastructure projects under the transportation sector. It also makes the most out of natural resources by deploying clean and alternative energy in accordance with the latest eco-friendly systems that reduce carbon emissions and, therefore, create a cleaner, healthier and safer environment for generations to come.

That strategy is a part of the overall MOTC strategy for providing an integrated, world-class, multimodal transportation system that offers safe, reliable and eco-friendly services following the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 for social, economic and environmental development.

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,  hitting the rollout percentage that is required to reduce harmful carbon emissions from buses by 2030.  The electric buses will also be used during the anticipated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

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