Qatar orders 741 electric buses from Yutong
The Chinese manufacturer Yutong has received a record order for 1,002 buses, 741 of which are electric. The order comes from Mowasalat, the public transport company in Qatar. The buses are planned to help with the crowds at World Cup held on the Arabian Peninsula in 2022.
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Mowasalat will organise commuter traffic during the World Cup the year after next. According to Yutong, the order for 1,002 buses that has now been validated by the transport company is worth 1.8 billion yuan, the equivalent of around 230 million euros, making it the largest order in the company’s history.
The contract is flanked by a framework agreement between Yutong, the Qatar Free Zones Authority and Mowasalat for the construction of an electric bus assembly plant in Qatar. This should support the sustainable development of local public transport, says Shen Hui, General Manager of Yutong.
According to Yutong, it has sold more than 130,000 electric, hybrid and H2 buses in more than 350 cities. At Busworld 2019, the Chinese manufacturer presented an electric bus named Yutong U12 for the first time, which is specially designed for the European market.
Update 4 July 2022:
Yutong has now delivered all 741 electric buses to Qatar ordered by public transport company Mowasalat for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Yutong’s battery-electric buses will continue to operate on Qatar’s roads for public transport services after the event.
A framework agreement between Yutong, the Qatar Free Zones Authority and Mowasalat also provides for the construction of a factory to assemble 1,500 electric buses over a seven-year period in Qatar – the 741 electric buses delivered were still built in China. All public transport in Qatar is to be converted to all-electric operation by 2030.