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The enablers, opportunities and challenges of electric vehicle adoption in Qatar: A systematic review of the literature and assessment of progress toward transportation transformation targets

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submitted on 2023-09-07, 11:37 and posted on 2023-09-10, 09:23 authored by Abdulla Al-Shaiba, Alexandra Wilson, Logan Cochrane

Governments around the world are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the transportation system is focal to the transition toward more renewable energy sources. The State of Qatar has transitioned buses in its public transportation system to be fully electric and has set a 2030 target for 10% of all new sales of vehicles to be electric vehicles (EVs). Although constrained by data limitations, this paper synthesizes and assesses the evidence and makes recommendations to support the transportation transition. OBJECTIVE: This paper assesses the available evidence on EV transitions in Qatar, identifying enablers and barriers through the use of a systematic literature review and data obtained from government sources within Qatar. METHODS: The systematic literature review was conducted in March of 2023 using two academic databases (Scopus and Web of Science). Only English language peer-reviewed articles, books, and conference proceedings pertaining to Qatar and EVs or EV charging stations were included. No resources were identified on an Arabic language database. RESULTS: The systematic review process identified 26 relevant publications, which is synthesized and critically assessed into the following thematic clusters: (a) assessments related to the electrical grid and diversifying the energy mix, (b) the planning and distribution of charging stations, and (c) knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors as it relates to the socio-cultural dimensions of EV adoption. DISCUSSION: The authors conclude that to meet the 2030 target, the State of Qatar must improve data collection for monitoring, rapidly expand charging station infrastructure, enable private sector engagement, and raise awareness regarding EVs to change consumer perception and choices. They explore the specific policy interventions that these domains require for the country to meet its transportation transition objectives. OTHER: This review received no funding, and the authors have no registration name or number to declare. 

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Published in: PLoS Climate
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  • 2023

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  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • College of Public Policy - HBKU

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