Electric car charging station at Kahramaa Awareness Park
28 Feb 2018 – 12:10
Eng Issa bin Hilal Al Kuwari (second right), Adrian Wood (third right) and other officials launching the first electric car charging station at the Kahramaa Awareness Park yesterday. Pic: Salim Matramkot/The Peninsula
DOHA: Under the Green Car Initiative, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa), represented by Tarsheed, the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency, yesterday launched “Electric Car Charging Stations Project – Phase 1” by establishing an electric car charging station at Kahramaa Awareness Park (KAP).
It is one of nine charging stations planned to be set up under phase one project across Qatar. The stations will be located at 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.
The inauguration came during a press conference at KAP yesterday. “The project is part of ‘Green Car Initiative’ launched by Kahramaa in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Ministry of Transport and Communications by signing an agreement in May last year,” said Eng Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, President of Kahramaa.
Speaking at the ceremony Al Kuwari said that 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 carbon dioxide emissions in Qatar by (7 percent) from the total targeted percentage of all sectors (17 percent) by 2022, in line with the National Development Strategy II.
“When we launched Tarsheed, almost six years ago, our goal was to create a culture of conservation and encourage the preservation of our country’s resources, for ourselves and for the next generations,” said Al Kuwari.
“Our project today is an example for our short-term plans to raise awareness and develop the right infrastructure for green cars in Qatar. It is part of a long-term strategic plan set by our wise leadership to develop regulations and policies and to build the necessary infrastructure to ensure the success and sustainability of the green cars,” said Al Kuwari.
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.
Omar Hussain Alfardan, President & CEO, Alfardan Group, said that through this partnership, “we confirm our full cooperation with Kahramaa and Siemens Qatar in delivering clean technologies to the country for a successful implementation of the electric car stations project”.
Siemens Qatar oversees the technical aspect of Phase 1 of this project. Adrian Wood, CEO, Siemens Qatar, said, “We are proud to be providing the technology for the first-ever electric car charging stations in Qatar and supporting the development of efficient and sustainable city infrastructure.”
An exhibition displaying different electric and hybrid cars was held on the sidelines of the press conference. The exhibition will continue for 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 Co, Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co, and Nasser bin Khaled Automobiles and Alfardan Automobiles.
Under Phase 1 project, so far four electric car charging stations have been set up and remaining five stations will come into operation by May, said Kahramaa President. He said that establishment of car charging station does not require huge money it is merely a charging device that could be install at homes.
Regarding second strategy, Al Kuwari said that a joint team from the authorities concerned will submit a proposal about developing infrastructure required for electric cars and those related to necessary rules and regulations to encourage the citizens and expatriates to opt to electric cars like encouraging the import of such cars and make it afordable for motorists.
Abdulaziz Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director of Kahramaa’s Energy Efficiency and Rationalization Department said that electric cars are environment friendly as normal cars generate 1.8 tonnes carbon dioxide while electric cars have zero carbon emission.
“As per the information provided by a company, an electric car could be charged 80 percent within four hours adding that with the help of advanced technology “Super Charger” will be installed that will be able to charge an electric car 80 percent within half hour enough to run the car for 500 kilometers,” said Al Hammadi. He said that electric charging stations will be available at public places and highways.