The Peninsula newspaper reported on 19 September 2022 that Qatar has successfully converted 25% of the public transportation fleet to eco-friendly mode.
The target of the 25% conversion was set in 2020 where it was intended to make 25% of the public buses electric by 2022.
It is expected that by 2030 public and school transportation is to be 100% eco-friendly.
Reportedly, the Minister of Transport H.E. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti had stated “We have crossed the target of converting 25 per cent of the public transportation into eco-friendly mode. The public and school transportation will be completely eco-friendly by 2030”.
As per the article, Public buses, government school buses and Doha Metro feeder buses are to be converted to electric-powered vehicles by 2030.
As part of this initiative, in May 2022 all Karwa city taxis that are provided by Mowasalat (Karwa) were converted to hybrid electric eco-taxis.
Eight bus stations equipped with electric charging stations are to be operational in areas of Al Sudan, the Industrial Area, Al Wakra, the Education City, Lusail, Gharrafa and Msheireb by Mowasalat (Karwa). It is expected that the West Bay Central Bus Station will commence operations by November 2022.
Additionally, electric buses will be operational during the World Cup 2022 which records this edition of the tournament to be the first that uses electric mass transit buses.
A drive to gradually convert privately owned vehicles is also underway with 30 fast electric car charging stations that have been installed around Qatar by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa).
Source: The Peninsula
Cover image credit: Ministry of Transport
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