FIFA traffic force empowers Pakistan’s public transport system
DOHA, Dec. 7, (Gwadar Pro) -"It gives me great pleasure to greet you in Qatar! My proudest moment is hearing Chinese brands gain popularity among millions of fans and tourists!" Wang Enlong, a service engineer from Yutong Bus, Mideast & Pakistan Market, who had just finished his night shift, couldn't hide his delight.
Wang is in charge of vehicle operation guarantee for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Doha. His responsibilities include daily vehicle inspections, emergency problem solutions during operations, and guidance for local drivers.
"During this World Cup, Yutong has served 30% of the passengers, and drivers and fans have been blown away by the pure electric buses." Local drivers and passengers adore the Chinese manufacturer's quiet, smooth, and comfortable driving and riding experience. "They have the feeling that they are in future traffic," Wang explained.
Yutong’s guarantee bus for the World Cup
Wang is one of 126 engineers dispatched by Yutong Bus to prepare for the spectacular debut of Chinese electric vehicles in Qatar. In a recent interview, Paul Zhang, Country Head of Yutong Pakistan, told Gwadar Pro that "one of the highlights of the Qatar FIFA is the use of electric buses, given that the country is one of the world's largest oil suppliers. After extensive negotiations, organizers agreed to give fans something different to demonstrate that they were helping the environment and lowering carbon emissions."
Yutong is also collaborating with its Pakistani partner Master Motors on plans to construct a new plant in Sindh province for hybrid and electric intercity buses in order to improve Pakistan's public transport system, increase local production capacity, and create local jobs.
According to Paul, the current market in Pakistan for buses is 560 to 600 per year. After the completion of highways and CPEC routes, the demand for passenger transportation will increase significantly. The bus market is expected to increase to over 2,000 vehicles per year. Various bus brands have flocked to the country in recent years, demonstrating the country's enormous attraction and potential.
Yutong partnered with Master Motor Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd in 2014 for local assembly. To date, the company has delivered more than 2,060 buses in Pakistan and has maintained its number one market share for the past five years.
Yutong bus in a factory in Pakistan
Mr. Samir Malik, CEO of Master Motors, stated that the main challenges facing the Pakistani bus industry are poor quality and inadequate safety standards. "Another challenge is that buses in Pakistan are very old and do not meet road standards, or even European standards, which is bad for the environment, people, and road safety," he added. “These necessitate strict policies and government compliance."
"South Korea and Japan used to dominate Pakistan's bus market, and marketing and introducing Chinese buses was initially difficult." The Chinese bus brand's excellent performance over the years has instilled great confidence in Pakistan. "We are committed to continuously improving local product production capacity and quality standards, as well as contributing Chinese wisdom to the upgrading and green development of Pakistan's public transport system," Paul concluded.