World’s Largest Electric Bus Depot Opens in Qatar

Qatar’s Minister of Transport, Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, has inaugurated the Lusail Bus Depot, which has broken the record for the world’s largest electric bus depot.

The depot has a capacity of 478 buses, supplied by Yutong, which will be capable of supporting the country’s sustainable mobility plans during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 which starts next month.

Electric Bus Depot
With this investment, the MOT aims to position Qatar among top advanced countries in terms of public transit systems and environmentally conscious transportation services
Minister Al-Sulaiti said:

“Lusail Bus Depot, which is considered the world’s largest electric bus depot, is inaugurated in the context of Ministry’s effort of providing an integrated and sustainable public transit network that covers all areas of the country.”

The Lusail Bus Depot is also the first in the Middle East to rely on solar energy and is thus fitted with 11,000 PV solar panels to generate 4 megawatts of power each day.

Electric Bus Depot
The bus depot will be powered by renewable energy in line with Qatar’s National Environment and Climate Change Strategy (QNE) goals

The depot is divided into three zones. The first zone includes 478 parking bays for electric buses and 248 electric chargers, as well as dedicated buildings for repairs, inspection, washing and vacuuming.

The second zone will accommodate all depot staff with a capacity of 1,400 people. In addition to administration and operations space, it will also provide dining, recreational and religious services.

Thirdly, the depot features a special zone for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) electric buses, which will provide efficient transportation from Lusail Stadium to Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor during the FIFA tournament.This zone includes 24 bays equipped with 24 electric chargers.

Electric Bus Depot
The Depot, which is part of MOT’s Public Bus Infrastructure Program, was inaugurated in an event organised at the site of the project, west of Lusail City

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