Doha: Qatar Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has opened the first electric car charging station in Qatar. This was announced during the launch of the Electric Car Charging Station Project – Phase 1 as part of the Green Car Initiative in Qatar. The electric car charging station launched today at the Kahramaa Awareness Park (KAP) is one of nine stations across Qatar. By the end of this project, charging stations will be located at Kahramaa Awareness Park (KAP), Kahramaa Headquarters, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The St. Regis Doha, AlFardan Towers, Qatar Foundation Headquarters, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Ezdan Mall Al Wakra.
Commenting on the launch, Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, President, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation Kahramaa said: “Last May, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Ministry of Transport and Communications, and Kahramaa signed the ‘Green Car Initiative’. The agreement stemmed from the country’s understanding of the importance of providing future generations with a clean, healthy, and safe environment and comes as part of Tarsheed’s objective to reduce CO2 emissions in Qatar by (7%) from the total targeted percentage of all sectors (17%) by 2022, in line with the National Development Strategy II.”
Phase 1 of this project is a collaboration with Tarsheed, Siemens Qatar, and Alfardan Group, where the Alfardan Real Estate Group will be providing three electric car charging stations at some of its most prominent properties. Siemens Qatar oversees the technical aspect of the project.
The project is considered as a model for spreading awareness and infrastructure for green cars in Qatar quickly and efficiently.
An exhibition displaying different electric and hybrid cars was held on the sideline of the press conference at the Kahramaa Awareness Park. The exhibition will continue for the next three days and is open from 9am to 1pm. Among the exhibitors were some of the most prominent car dealers in the country: Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros, Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co, and Nasser bin Khaled Automobiles, in addition to Alfardan Automobiles.
Qatar has recently participated at the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties COP23 to the UN Convention Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn to renew its commitment to translating the outcomes of the Paris Climate Agreement into concrete steps and successful projects towards reducing the impact of global warming and achieving sustainable development, as well as Qatar National Vision 2030.