Eight electric cars performed beautifully on a nine-day road trip from Abu Dhabi to Oman in January, raising public awareness of zero-emission EVs and opening 18 EV charging stations all along the route.
The group of over 60 participants completed the longest electric vehicle road trip in the Middle East, covering 2,000km across the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Launched from the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi by Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry, the Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip set off January 18, marking the start of a 1,217 kilometer all-electric journey.
The Road Trip introduced EVs to Oman for the first time and hosted The Future of Mobility Roundtable in Muscat, before returning to the UAE and crossing the finish line in Dubai at The Sustainable City for our grand finale and e-Mobility Showcasing Day.
Organizing group Global EVRT is committed to accelerating electric vehicle adoption for the creation of smart and sustainable societies.
"We do this," says Global EVRT on its website, "through exciting and engaging mobility conferences, showcasing events and long-distance electric vehicle road trips. Our conferences primarily give a space for industry to learn and share, our road trips initially engage the public with new technology whilst demonstrating its capabilities..."
The road trippers opened 18 new charging points, including some of the first ones in Oman, expanding the cruicial charging network across the Middle East with Global EVRT partners GreenParking and the InterContinental Hotels Group, where some of the charging stations are located.
A new network of over 200 state-of-the-art charging points has been established by GreenParking to power electric vehicles across UAE and Oman.
The GreenParking Network of EV charging stations allows electric car owners to travel through the Emirates and cross-border to Muscat with few recharging stops. GreenParking plans to increase the number of EV charging stations in UAE and Oman within months.
Sam Alawiye, CEO GreenParking, said, "Electric vehicles are the future of transport and they will soon be a common sight on the UAE’s roads. We are delighted to be helping to lay the foundations for a revolution in transport in the Middle East."
By Sunny Lewis
Environment News Service (ENS)