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Global EVRT has revealed the exciting list of events planned for its convoy of drivers during its 1217km Electric Vehicle Road Trip, including the UAE’s first drag race between electric and petrol vehicles.

The event, which sets off from Abu Dhabi on 18thJan, will take in stunning desert landscapes, twisting mountain roads and picturesque coastal drives as it makes its way across the UAE and Oman.

Event organiser, Global EVRT, has also now announced a fantastic line-up of sustainability focused events during the nine-day trip, which will see drivers and passengers get up close and personal with world-leading solar technology and meet the people helping to shape the future of energy in the region and beyond.


Members of the public are encouraged to join the convoy in their local area for their chance to test drive an electric vehicle and learn more about the fantastic financial and other benefits of owning one through the experts at Emirates NBD, who offer special rates through their Green Auto Loans. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Emirates NBD has taken the lead in green financing, in addition to being a strong supporter and diamond sponsor of the Global EVRT.

Setting off from Abu Dhabi, the fleet of electric cars, including a trio of the Chevrolet Bolt EV as well as Tesla models S and X, will drive 120km for a guided tour of the innovative Shams 1 Solar Park in Madinat Zayed. As one of the largest solar power stations in the world it represents not only a huge step forward for commercial solar energy, but also a clean future energy source for the UAE.  

EVRT Middle East Road Trippers will then drive directly back to Abu Dhabi to charge before setting off for the 270km drive to Oman, passing through some of the UAE’s most stunning deserts and the ‘Garden City’ of Al Ain before arriving at the beautiful coastal city of Sohar after approximately three hours on the road.

The Oman leg of the journey will continue with a drive to the country’s picturesque capital, Muscat, visiting its Botanical Gardens, Sultan Qaboos University and the German University of Technology, where students will be given a chance to test drive the cars.

Day five of the road trip will bring together the key stake holders of Oman in the industries of transport and smart cities, for The Future of Mobility Roundtable discussion. The first event of its kind in Oman, this will be a unique chance for government and industry to explore the country’s successes, challenges and future plans in this sector, in this fast-evolving region.


When the cars return to the UAE, they will be put through their paces with a drive up the steep mountain roads that lead to the summit of Jebel Jais. However, while the energy sapping drive uphill may take its toll, the smart technology inside the cars means they will automatically recharge during the descent, with up to 40km worth of extra power added to their batteries.

That extra power will come in use for their visit to RAK Race Track where they will take part in a winner takes all drag race. In what is sure to be a fun and thrilling race, the very latest in zero-emission technology will go up against the best that traditional petrol power has to offer with famous drag racer Doug Herbert leading the challenge against the Global EVRT team.

Spectators will get to see first-hand the huge advancements made in the electric vehicle sector as the Chevrolet Bolt EV will race to 100km/h in just 7.3 seconds while the Tesla S, P100D, is expected to take the chequered flag as it can clock the 100km/h mark in just 2.7 seconds – faster than the majority of petrol cars on the market.   

On the final day of the journey the cars will arrive at Dubai’s The Sustainable City for the EVRT Middle East Grand Finale and the e-Mobility Showcase Day. The special event is not only a chance for the public to welcome the EVRT Middle East convoy, but also to find out more about the technology that has powered the cars across two countries through live test drives and showcasing opportunities. 

During the trip a list of VIPs will join the convoy including Formula E presenter Nicki Shields, Chris Ramsay, the first person to complete the Mongol Rally in an Electric Vehicle and Sushil Reddy, the world record breaker for cycling across the world using a solar powered bike.

A network of 18 permanent charging stations will be established along the route to power the convoy of electric cars taking part in the EVRT Middle East 2018. Five official opening ceremonies will take place when the cars reach key locations in Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Sohar and Muscat – where there will be two ceremonies.

Anyone with an interest in EV technology is invited to take part in the road trip. Tickets are available for the full journey or for two individual stages with participants able to join for Abu Dhabi to Muscat (January 18th-22nd) or Muscat to Dubai (January 22nd- 26th). Driving experiences will also be offered to the public in Muscat, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah or Dubai.

Ben Pullen, Managing Director of Global EVRT said: “The journey promises to be nine days of fun, educational and inspiring moments and activities that will not only clear up any misunderstanding amongst consumers about what these cars are capable of, but also showcase the natural beauty of this region.

“Driving an electric vehicle is the ideal way to discover the technology that is shaping the transport needs of tomorrow. By establishing a network of charging stations across the 1,217km route, the EVRT Middle East will demonstrate just how capable these vehicles are and how they are a real, practical, and fun option for car buyers today.”