Fans of electric vehicles (EVs) will be glad to know that another iteration of the EV Road Trip (EVRT) is soon upon us.
Part-promotional event, part-leisurely and part-educational, EVRT Dubai 2020 brings the Middle East an epic 5 day, 2000km, 100% electric adventure. Its purpose is to showcase products and technologies, provide experience of their power and capabilities, further expand the infrastructure and connect key influencers to catalyse the action needed to accelerate the transition to smarter mobility.
This year, over a hundred participants are gearing up for the World’s Greatest Electric Vehicle Road Trip, with the UAE Minister of Climate Change, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, set to join part of the trip. The Road Trip will see 15 electric vehicles take on the 1,000km journey designed to inspire transformation to smarter mobility and electric vehicles.
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An addition this is the introduction of new challenges for participants. These include a world first taking place, the World Regeneration Challenge, which is set to demonstrate just how powerful regenerative braking is, and how much of a game-changer it is for automotive industry. The challenge is simple: electric vehicles, from a range of brands, will drive up to the top of the 1,934 metre (6,345 ft) Jebel Jais Mountain to find out how much energy their vehicles can regenerate on the way down. The Challenge is set to highlight how regenerative braking takes place when the vehicle is rolling down an incline or in free slow, with electric vehicles engaging their motors in reverse to generate electricity, resulting in their battery getting charged on their way back down the mountain.
Another eagerly-anticipated challenge that is set to take place is the classic Electric Vehicle Drag Race – another opportunity to truly put the vehicles through their paces in a competitive environment.
Hyundai and One Moto are the latest car manufacturers to pledge their support, with the brands seizing the opportunity to showcase their fully electric ranges and to put them to the test, as they travel across the UAE in an expedition over six days from 25th– 30th March 2020.
The 2020 edition is organised by Generation.e, whose mission is to inspire transformation to smarter mobility for the creation of better connected and sustainable societies.
Sentiment towards EVs has rapidly been shifting lately. Last year, Lebanon hosted the region’s first-ever electric vehicle Motorshow, which saw many car makers exhibit electric vehicles to visitors who had never seen EVs before.
With climate change heading the agenda at Davos this year, and countries like the UAE and Saudi pushing for green energy and less pollution through new initiatives, EVs are set to become more mainstream in coming years, as infrastructure catches up.