Yutong Signs the Largest Electric Bus Order for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Recently, Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co., Ltd., (Yutong Bus) signed an order about CNY1.8 billion for 1,002 buses with Mowasalat, the Qatar public transport company, mainly on commuting services for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 (Qatar 2022). The signing ceremony was successfully held online on November 30. For Yutong Bus, Qatar 2022 is the second major international sporting event for which the company has provided service and support following the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Signing Ceremony of Qatar Electrification Vehicle Strategic Projects. [Photo provided to dahe.cn]
It is worth noting that among the 1,002 buses, 741 are pure electric ones, making it the largest order of EV buses ever. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy responsible for Qatar 2022 pointed out that the key point for the preparatory work is sustainability. It is the first time for electric bus to act as a "protagonist" to provide commuting services for FIFA World Cup.
During the event, Yutong Bus also signed a framework agreement with Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) and Mowasalat build a KD factory in Qatar free trade zones. Technology export will not only boost Qatar's industrialization to serve the green transformation of local public vehicles, but also enhance the country's supporting facilities of auto industry to facilitate the industry's cluster development.
China's new energy auto industry has entered a rapid development period, made key breakthroughs in market, technology and products, and become an important engine in global auto transformation. So far, Yutong Bus has sold more than 130,000 new energy buses to 24 countries and regions worldwide, including France, Great Britain, Australia, Chile and Denmark.
After Qatar 2022, these 1,002 vehicles will be put into Qatar's public transport system, of which 741 pure electric buses will become a new start for the country's new energy public transport system. In the future, the KD factory will provide new energy vehicles for Qatar and even more surrounding countries with an annual production capacity of more than 300 buses.
2022卡塔尔世界杯后，这批车辆将会投入到公交交通系统中，尤其是纯电动客车，将成为卡塔尔新能源公共交通的起点。未来，KD工厂将以300台以上的年生产能力，为卡塔尔乃至更多周边国家提供新能源车辆。（中文来源/大河网 记者/祝传鹏 翻译/赵汉青 审校/焦丹）