The power-saving potential of electric cars was on show on January 22 this year as the EVRT (Electric Vehicle Road Trip) Middle East took to the slopes of Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah for the “Regenerative Challenge”. Rather than racing on one of the UAE’s best driving roads, participants aimed on gaining the most range using electric vehicle regenerative braking technology in a first-of-its-kind event. Regenerative braking uses innovative technology to spin an electric car's motors in reverse and charge the car's batteries using the friction generated under braking. The Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al Khaimah, the highest in UAE, was the ideal location to test the technology. The Chevrolet Bolt EV, Renault Zoe and Tesla Model S faced off to see which model of electric car which took part in this year's EVRT Middle East could add the most kilometres to their ranges, navigating a special course down the mountain.
The technology can add several kilometres to an electric car’s total battery charge, which lengthens the distance that an electric car can travel before the need for recharging at a static charging station. This year's EVRT Middle East was launched in Abu Dhabi and then travelled to Oman and back into the UAE passing through Ras Al Khaimah on its eight-day, 2,000km course. It concluded in Dubai on January 24. The Ras Al Khaimah government implemented a series of initiatives in 2017 aimed at creating incentives for electric vehicle drivers residing in and visiting Ras Al Khaimah and supporting sustainability. The Electric Vehicle Road “Electric Vehicle Road Trip Middle East 2019 (EVRT)” is an eight-day electric vehicle road trip across the UAE and Oman demonstrating the benefits of electric vehicles and the ease at which the vehicles can cross countries and borders.