Public transport in Qatar is to go all-electric by 2030. The rollover will include public bus routes, state school buses and local Metro transport system buses in the capital Doha.
The US-Qatar Business Council, which encourages US-Qatar trade, announced the transition. Initial plans will see a quarter of Qatar’s public transport going electric by the 2022 World Cup. To meet this, the emirate ordered over 1000 electric buses from China in late 2020. Some 1500 e-buses will follow after 2022, all to be assembled in a Qatari new building factory. The factory will also export electric vehicles to the Middle East, Europe, South America, and Africa.
The emirate is also working on an electric car charging network. This should cover almost 12,000 square kilometres. Electricity and water supplier Kahramaa is to build up to 500 charging points for electric cars by next year. Currently Qatar only has 11 charging stations in regular operation, according to Doha News. The authorities also wish to couple charging stations with photovoltaic systems.