An innovative road trip for electric vehicles is currently underway, featuring an eight-day journey through the United Arab Emirates and Oman to promote EV adoption in the region.
The event, named EVRT Middle East 2019, is organized by Global EVRT which has already run a number of similar events in the Arabian peninsula and beyond.
The 1200-mile journey is designed to showcase electric vehicle technology and improve infrastructure in the region, with competitors able to use either their own car or one provided by the organizer.
Entrants compete in teams, with winners announced at the halfway stage and at the end of the event in Dubai on Thursday, Jan. 24.
A drag race, the first of its kind for electric vehicles, was held at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi at the end of the first day.
It was co-organized by ecoGP, the group behind the 24-hour EV race at Oschersleben last month.
One of the drivers taking part in the road trip is ecoGP CEO Rafael de Mestre, along with businesspeople such as Ben Hill, former vice president of Tesla Europe, Africa and Middle East.
A number of EV enthusiasts, social media influencers and YouTubers are also taking part in the event, with most driving either Teslas, or smaller EVs such as the Renault Zoe and Chevrolet Bolt.
The rest of the route takes competitors into Oman and its capital city Muscat before a trip to the Wadi Shab, and then a return journey back into the UAE to end the event in Dubai.
Teams have to navigate much of the route independently to optimize speed and distance, while finding their own charging points on the PlugShare platform.
Event organizers have installed 30 additional charging points in the UAE and Oman during the previous two runnings of the event.
The route also includes two eMobility Forums in Muscat and Dubai which aim to promote EV adoption and foster discussions between key figures in the industry.