DOHA, Qatar, The campaign to reduce CO2 emissions in Qatar, including Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation’s (Kahramaa) ‘Green Car Initiative’, would get a further boost, as Alfardan Group plans to import electric cars from next year.

According to Alfardan Group president and CEO, Omar Hussain Alfardan, the group has been in discussion with the authorities concerned and other stakeholders to add more charging stations in Qatar. He said, Alfardan Group was involved in Phase 1 of Qatar’s first electric car charging station project, launched in Feb this year by Kahramaa, as part of its ‘Green Car Initiative’.

The project, in co-operation with Siemens Qatar and Alfardan Automobiles, was formally launched by Kahramaa president, Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari, at the Kahramaa Awareness Park (KAP) in Al Thumama, which houses Qatar’s first electric car charging station.

The project’s Phase 1 is a collaboration of the Tarsheed programme, Siemens Qatar, and Alfardan Group, under which Alfardan Real Estate Group will be providing three electric car charging stations, at some of its most prominent properties, according to an earlier statement.

With companies that we are already associated with like Siemens, we’ve started installing a few charging stations for electric cars, as part of a project that was inaugurated in the presence of the Minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti and the Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada.

We have just been in discussion and we are looking forward to increasing the number of charging stations in Qatar, and starting 2019 to 2020, we are going to import electric cars to Qatar. We have a co-investment in that platform to import electric cars, and we have already invested in some charging stations in our properties in Qatar, Alfardan said.

He added, We are leading the market. We are the first to import electric cars to Qatar and that’s only the start, so we will see more of this in the futurethe charging stations fit all manufacturers, so whoever does this takes the lead.