Last year, Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) signed a multilateral framework agreement with Yutong, one of the world’s largest bus and coach suppliers and Mowasalat to manufacture electric buses in the Free Zones. Free zones are areas within Qatar which are essentially treated as being separate areas outside of the domestic state area for regulatory and customs purposes. The Qatar Free Zones will see production of 1,500 electric buses within seven years from the end of 2022, The deal is part of a wider Qatari initiative to ensure 25% of the public bus network is powered by electricity during FIFA 2022 World Cup with the entire public fleet system expected to be e-powered by 2030. The deal will also see technology and knowledge transfers so that parts for the e-buses will be manufactured by Qatari firms as part of the governments wider localisation drive. These firms are expected to form the foundation of the regions leading e-vehicle industry, supplying e-vehicles and parts to markets across the globe. Link to the news: https://www.gulf-times.com/story/685283/1-500-electric-buses-to-be-manufactured-at-Free-Zo#:~:text=A%20Karwa%20electric%20bus%20is,Saad%20al%2DQahtani%20has%20said.
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