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Electric car comes under focus in Qatar

Tesla Roadster can travel up to 300km per charge

  • By Habib Toumi Bureau chief
  • Published: 12:26 December 4, 2012
  • Gulf News

Manama: An emission-free electric car has become a major feature in the Qatar Sustainability Exposition held on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Qatar.

Tesla Roadster, with SolarWorld’s innovative solar energy technology, is presented by Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) and SolarWorld AG.

“For the first time in the Middle East, thousands of visitors are able to view and learn more about the emission-free electric car, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 in just 3.6 seconds and travel up to 300km per charge,” organisers said.

Fuelled by electricity generated from the sun, the super car provides a carbon dioxide-free means of transportation.

“The adjoining SolarWorld SunCarport supplies solar power to charge the car’s batteries, allowing it to offer ‘supercar performance without supercar emissions’. Furthermore, the SunCarport can be configured to supply solar power for a wide range of solar solutions for homes and businesses,” they said.

Khalid Klefeekh Al Hajri, QSTec Chairman and CEO, expressed pride at bringing the Tesla electric car and the SunCarport solar energy system, in conjunction with SolarWorld AG, to the Qatar Sustainability Expo.

“We are here today to send a clear message to the world that solar energy is playing a major role in our global sustainable future,” he said.

“By showcasing interesting solar solutions and applications to our community, we hope to inspire and encourage our young scientists and entrepreneurs to explore new uses for solar energy. The Tesla Roadster being powered by SolarWorld’s SunCarport, are excellent examples of sustainable innovation, and the new technologies that are making such a positive impact on our society and environment,” he said.

The Qatar Sustainability Expo, from November 26 to December 7, provides a platform for the display of an array of environmentally friendly products and initiatives, from energy-saving technologies to recyclable objects.

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