Largest fleet of e-buses by Karwa ready for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
The Ministry of Transport (MoT) announced in a press release that the last batch of electric buses operated by Mowasalat Company (Karwa) has been received by Hamad Port. The final batch included 130 e-buses which add to the total of 741 buses intended for the football tournament later this year. This makes it one of the largest electric bus operations in the history of sports tournaments underway for the FIFA World Cup.
Delivery of #Qatar’s electric bus fleet ⚡🚌 for FIFA World Cup 2022 completed, after receiving the the last batch at #HamadPort 🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/12vRW0S9zh— وزارة المواصلات (@MOTQatar) April 25, 2022
The initiative is a step towards clean energy mass transportation for the World Cup and beyond. This move is also meant to give Qatar an edge in the field of mass transportation of clean energy and be among the first countries in the world to operate an integrated electric bus system. This also enhances the heritage value of FIFA World Cup 2022 along with a display of Qatar’s dedication to presenting a carbon-neutral, environmental-friendly World Cup.
Additionally, the Ministry also released an infographic on their socials that shared information on the whole e-bus operations underway. According to MoT, the final 741 buses will constitute 25% of the electric bus fleet for the World Cup. Nearly eight bus stations are fully ready with charging devices by Karwa at Al-Sudan, Industrial Area, Al-Wakra, Lusail, Education City, Msheirib, West Bay Central Station, and Al-Gharafa. The four bus depots also include Al-Wakra, Lusail, Al-Rayyan, and New Industrial Area.
An integrated fleet of e-buses ⚡🚌 for FIFA World Cup #Qatar 2022 🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/ogZ1aWn0LW— وزارة المواصلات (@MOTQatar) April 25, 2022
Nearly 2600 bus stops will be installed at the locations of bus routes. The public transport plan to achieve this in the first phase will be completed by October 2022, later this year.
Also outlining the plans for the fleet post World Cup, the infographic also stated that the e-buses will be deployed on 44 Metrolink routes and 48 public transit routes from 2023 and beyond.
Currently, Mowasalat (Karwa) operates the electric buses on several routes, wherein Route No. 76 is fully operated with e-buses. The alternative transport services for the Golden Line and Red Line of the Doha Metro also operate on e-buses.
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Source and image credit: Ministry of Transport