Deal signed to set up 10 EV charging stns in Lusail City

September 29, 2020

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up 10 electric vehicles (EV) charging stations in Lusail City.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti.
The MoU signed by Kahramaa president engineer Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari and CEO of Qatari Diar Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, which places economic, social, and environmental development as a joint goal.
It also suits Lusail city’s vision of sustainability. The MoU comes in the framework of Kahramaa’s electric vehicles policy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
There are currently 11 charging stations, with plans for 30 more this year including the 10 new stations for Lusail.
Commenting on the occasion, Sulaiti said the MoU is part of the ministry’s strategy of establishing an electric vehicle charging stations network. He said the next year will see the operation of 100 chargers and these stations will be placed in strategic areas like Hamad International Airport, Hamad Port, Grand Hamad Street, among many other areas.
The minister said this will add value to Lusail city, reflecting its goal of being a sustainable smart city.
Sulaiti said the electric vehicles strategy will help develop an infrastructure for EV public transport that will be the first of its kind in the region. As part of the strategy, the ministry is working with Mowasalat Co (Karwa) on a plan to replace the entire fleet to EVs in the coming years, he added.
Kahramaa President said the corporation seeks to provide a healthy and safe environment for future generations, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 by promoting sustainability and reducing harmful carbon emissions.
He said one of the most important ways to achieve this is to promote electric vehicles and install the necessary infrastructure for it in coordination with the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the relevant authorities. The move is in line with Qatar’s intention to present an environmental-friendly and carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup.
He said this MoU comes to complement this approach in Lusail, which is an example to be followed in the field of sustainable cities, especially since the MoU is a model for consolidating all efforts to enhance sustainability.
He praised Qatari Diar Company’s initiative to install 10 charging stations for electric vehicles and to seek the assistance of Karamaa’s efforts represented by the national programme “Tarsheed”, which provides the necessary technical support and supervises the implementation of the project from the stage of decline to operation and follow-up.
Qatari Diar CEO Eng Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah stressed that Lusail City puts in its strategic vision the achievement of sustainability principles, preserving the environment and relying on alternative energy sources to reduce the generation of carbon dioxide and control emissions within the city, in addition to the GSAS standards that are already being used in the city.
Al Attiyah said the participation of Qatari Diar in the initiative to provide a more sustainable energy source for transportation within Qatar by providing fast charging stations for electric cars inside Lusail to encourage the spread of electric cars more.
Especially since Qatar has already started supporting the manufacture and supply of electric cars. This is in line with MoTC’s strategy of electric buses project in the country, which aims to convert 25 percent of the public transport bus fleet into electric buses by 2022 and the use of electric buses in the main services during FIFA World Cup 2022, to be the first tournament to use electric mass transit buses.
Chief Development and Asset Management Officer at Qatari Diar Yousef Al Musleh provided a detailed explanation of the mechanism of these stations and their locations. Kahramaa will carry out all Infrastructure works for shipping terminals, installation of their own equipment, provide advice, and the necessary technical support during the process of preparing, installing and examining the charging stations.
Qatari Diar will purchase supplies and will install and test 10 charging stations for electric cars in Lusail.
Qatari Diar and (Kahramaa) have identified the installation sites of all stations in the city’s high density public areas such as the Marina Walk, Marina Parking and Crescent Park.
The highest technical standards are adopted in the specifications of the express charging stations for vehicles. Where vehicles can be charged up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes with a capacity of 50 kilowatts, which is in line with applicable international electrical safety standards, in contribution to improving emissions control within Lusail City while reducing the generation of carbon dioxide and saving on transportation expenses, Al Musleh said.
Qatari Diar is committed to all that advances the sustainability goals of Lusail City which is considered to be the largest sustainable city in the country. The company seeks to encourage alternative sources of energy for transportation and mobility in the city.
Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation is working to promote a culture of rationing, diversifying energy sources and reducing harmful carbon emissions by encouraging the entry of electric vehicles and establishing infrastructure for charging stations. The corporation has completed several electric vehicle charging stations, 400 stations are scheduled to be reached in cooperation with the private sector at the end of 2022.

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