What is driving Qatar’s EV growth?
07 December 2022
From an estimated 3.3 million units in 2020 to an expected 27.5 million units by 2027, the global Electric Vehicles (EVs) market is witnessing a quantum leap, led by the U.S, China, and Germany. Globally, the potential of the lucrative EV industry is immense with an expected market share of 58 per cent of all global vehicle sales by 2040. In the Middle East, EVs are already transforming the auto industry, which is expected to reach a value of $18.5 bn by 2023 and is set to reach mass adoption within the next couple of years.
A recent EV sectoral study by the Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar), explored how Qatar’s strategic location and resources are supporting the Gulf state to become an EV manufacturing hub for the MENA region and beyond. Industry leaders in EV manufacturing, from Volkswagen to Gaussin and Yutong, have already partnered with government entities to transform Qatar’s – and the region’s – mobility.
Similarly, international transportation company and IPA Qatar partner, Accord Pitch Doha (APD), has set several milestones in the local EV market, becoming the first company to deliver the Mercedes EQV Class and hybrid Mercedes S class in Qatar, whilst also planning to invest USD10 million in 2023 to expand its fleet of electric vehicles.
5 key foundations supporting the growth of Qatar’s EV industry:
Extensive government support
- Ambitious EV targets and support mechanisms through regulation, R&D, funding opportunities, and setting up facilities for e-mobility investors
Ambitious e-mobility targets
- 25% EV public transport by 2022 with 100% expected by 2030
- ~15K public charging stations by 2030
- 10% EV sales by 2030 as a share of all sales
Private sector investment in EV
- National champions including Qatar Foundation, Hamad International Airport, and Lusail City investing in EV
Qatar’s attractive market already attracting EV manufacturers
- Volkswagen, Gaussin, and Yutong already partnered with government entities to transform Qatar’s as well as the region’s mobility
Ready infrastructure and incentives
- Extensive investments in innovation and infrastructure plus incentives that greatly improve EV industry’s cost competitiveness in Qatar
It comes as no surprise that foreign investors are highly motivated, Bloomberg has projected the EV market to be worth $53 trillion by 2050. For many, Qatar, with its ambitious e-mobility targets, future-ready infrastructure, and extensive government support, offers a valuable and competitive business climate to tap into the EV market.
Next to consumer sentiment, commercial viability and OEM vehicle strategy, government policies have emerged as a major driving force behind EV mass adoption. In Qatar, the country’s national vision provides a roadmap for its social, economic, environmental, and human development. By extension, initiatives to transition to green mobility receive strong government backing in a country that has already set a target to achieve a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and convert all public buses to EVs.
In fact, Qatar’s relatively new ‘Electric Vehicle Strategy 2021’ wants to go a step further and create long-term opportunities for EV investors and businesses. By 2030, it foresees EV sales to reach 10 per cent of total vehicle sales numbers in Qatar.
In a region of 49 million vehicles, an innovative approach to the automotive industry will be imperative to drive us towards a sustainable future. One study found that emissions from EVs are up to 43 per cent lower than diesel vehicles, effectively playing into the Paris Agreement’s CO2 reduction targets.
The current investment flow into the EV market focuses on battery access, light-weighting, and safety, and charging accessibility; however, the value pool increases significantly when looking at auxiliary sectors, from battery recycling businesses to the semiconductor market.
For Qatar, the green transition has begun. EVs will add an important fiscal layer to the 2nd most competitive economy in the Arab World and the 4th globally by GDP per capita. About 2 billion people, worth $6 trillion in combined GDP, live within 3,000 km of Qatar’s borders, yet – in the years and decades to come – the country’s unparalleled EV market access and connectivity will reach well beyond this mark.