Electric vehicles taking part in the 2018 Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) Middle East will have a new network of over 18 state-of-the-art charging points.

Global EVRT’s official charging station partner GreenParking will oversee supply and construction of the stations and other essential infrastructure along the 1,217 kilometre drive, taking place from January 18 to January 26.

The new charging stations will be set up at key locations in the U.A.E. and Oman, including Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Crowne Plaza Sohar, Crowne Plaza Muscat, InterContinental Muscat and InterContinental Fujairah, where they will remain as a permanent fixture. These stations will be officially opened as the cars taking part in the event reach the locations in Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah in the U.A.E. as well as Sohar and Muscat in Oman.

Sam Alawiye, CEO of GreenParking said, “The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Middle East is an important step towards bringing zero emission vehicles to the forefront of the public’s attention and our extended charging station network will help to showcase these fantastic cars as sustainable and practical alternatives to petrol vehicles.”

Chevrolet—the official EV partner for the EVRT Middle East 2018—will offer its first electric model in the region—the Chevrolet Bolt EV—for the road trip, with EVRT Road Trippers grabbing a chance to get an exclusive desert test drive of three Chevrolet Bolt EV models, a year before it goes on sale in the region.

Ben Pullen, Managing Director of Global EVRT said, “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.”

The Sustainable City Dubai will host a family fun day to celebrate the end of the trip on January 26.