Qatar's first electric car charging station opens

As part of the Green Car Initiative, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) opened the first electric car charging station in the country.

The Green Car Initiative aims to make 10 percent of vehicles run by green energy in the next 10 years.

Inaugurating the recharging station at Kahramaa Awareness Park, Kahramaa President Essa bin Hilal al Kuwari said the initiative is part of Qatar's commitment to environment and a healthier life for future generations.

This electric car charging station is one of nine stations to be opened across Qatar. Other locations identified are Kahramaa Headquarters, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The St. Regis Doha, AlFardan Towers, Qatar Foundation Headquarters, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Msheireb Downtown Doha and Ezdan Mall Al Wakra.

"The initiative is launched with the support of different government entities. A bigger campaign will begin soon to create awareness about zero carbon emission cars. A new law will be introduced to promote zero carbon emission fleets and special incentives such as special parking facility will be offered to green car customers," Kuwari said.

"Our project 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," Kuwari said.

A number of partners from different sectors in the country are expected to come together to help provide electric and hybrid cars, establish proper infrastructure and raise awareness to encourage the public to use green cars.

Stations at Kahramaa Tower and Kahramaa Awareness Park will charge the cars for free of cost.

Alfardan Group President and CEO Omar Hussain Alfardan said,"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."

More charging stations will be open in association with real estate groups. Individuals can also be given consent to open their own charging stations under the regulation of Kahramaa.

Adrian Wood, Siemens Qatar CEO, 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. Globally, we use innovation and technology to build modern, digitalised and highly-sustainable cities, and our partnership with Tarsheed is a key step forward in Qatar's transition to a greener future."