Deloitte estimated that if five percent of Saudi sales from 2015 to 2022 were EVs, it would save $US47million. If EVs comprised 25 percent of Saudi sales, the saving would be $US236 million and save a billion kilos of carbon emissions.

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Turning the Desert Green


In a region which has some of the cheapest petrol in the world and a seemingly abundant supply of oil, why is the Middle East charging toward an electric vehicle future? 


The Middle East is embarking on a green future as oil prices dive and supplies begin to dry up. Showcasing its willingness to adapt, it ran nine cars in an Electric Vehicle marathon across 2000kms using only commercially available charging stations.


The nine-day Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) comprising Teslas, Chevrolet Bolts and a lone BMW i3, welcomed the installation of 18 electric vehicle charging stations which were officially opened to the public along the way.


“The Electric Vehicle (EV) market here has developed significantly in the last 12 months, particularly in the UAE,” the Managing Director of the Global EVRT event, Ben Pullen said.


The EVRT’s fleet tackled a variety of terrain from the Abu Dhabi deserts to the Omani mountains, the coastline of the Northern Emirates and included the daunting 1934 metre climb up the highest mountain in the UAE, Jebel Jais.


“It’s fantastic to see that there are other forward-thinking governments and industries in this region such as Oman who are working on smart city development with plans for electric vehicles in the near future,” Pullen said. [To be continued...]

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