Yutong has received an order worth around CNY1.8bn for 1,002 buses from Mowasalat, the Qatar public transport company, which will provide commuting services for one of the major international sports events in 2022. 741 of the new buses due in time for the World Cup will be electric, making it one of the largest orders of EV buses ever.
An online signing ceremony on 30 November was attended by Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Ahmed AI-Sulaiti, the Chinese Ambassador to Qatar Zhou Jian, the Commercial Counselor of Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of PRC in Qatar Yang Song, CEO of Mowasalat Fahad Saad Al-Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) Abdulla Al-Misnad and CEO of Yutong Group Tang Yuxiang.
During the event, Yutong Bus also signed a framework agreement with QFZA and Mowasalat to establish a factory in Qatar as the country’s government continues to promote the development of its electric bus infrastructure.
“Yutong Bus will continue to work closely with local partners to accelerate the public transportation system build-up with green energy solutions,” said Shen Hui, General Manager of Yutong Bus in the Middle East. “The factory for EV buses with QFZA and Mowasalat will realise localised design and manufacturing of EV buses in Qatar, offering more experience and technologies to aid the sustainable development of local public transportation.”