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EV road trip expanded to include Muscat, Sohar

UAE Business

The 2018 edition of the Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) has been expanded to include a visit to Muscat and Sohar in Oman during its 1,217-kilometre, nine-day road trip across the UAE and Oman without using a single drop of petrol.

The road trip will see a convoy of all-electric powered vehicles drive through the deserts of Abu Dhabi, the mountains of Oman and along the rugged coastline of the Northern Emirates.

Setting off from Abu Dhabi on January 18, the cars will visit Madinat Zayed before driving to Sohar in Oman and on to Muscat. The convoy will then return to the UAE, calling at Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah before passing through Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah.

The cars will reach the finish line and final destination, at The Sustainable City in Dubai on January 26, in time to join in a special family fun day celebrating the road trip and all things sustainable; giving the public a chance to learn everything they need to know about electric cars through test drives, workshops and exhibitors.  

Each day of the trip will see the Tesla and other electric car models explore the open roads before stopping at sites of outstanding natural beauty as well as important sustainable energy projects such the Shams 1 Solar Park.

The cars, which can travel as far as 400km on a full charge (depending on make and model), will be recharged using a network of GreenParking charging stations at IHG hotels.

Car lovers are invited to take part in the 2018 Electric Vehicle Road Trip Middle East and join the epic trip from January 18 to 26.

Tickets are available for the full nine day journey or for one of the two five-day stages, where participants can join for Abu Dhabi (18 January) to Muscat (22 January) or Muscat (22 January) to Dubai (26 January), with the chance to drive an electric vehicle on sections of the route.

Road trip participants can also enjoy activities such as visiting Oman’s Botanic Garden with the country’s first solar park, sightseeing in Muscat, experiencing authentic Omani culture in Sohar, relaxing on the beaches of Fujairah, and driving through the famous golden sand dunes of Madinat Zayed, amongst other activities.

Ben Pullen, managing director of Global EVRT said: “The Electric Vehicle market has developed significantly in the last 12 months in the UAE and it’s fantastic to see that there are other forward-thinking governments and industry in this region, such as Oman who are already working on smart city development, with inevitable plans for electric vehicles in the near future.  However, there is still a lot of misunderstanding amongst consumers of what these cars are capable of.”

“By tackling this tough terrain across 1,217km we are demonstrating that these cars are not just environmentally friendly options for the future, they are real options for car buyers right now, with innovative gadgets and technology to excite and impress.

“Driving an electric vehicle during the road trip is the perfect way to fully appreciate the capabilities of the technology that is shaping the future of transport and to see first-hand how well the cars handle the open road, especially over long distances,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service

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