The UAE Electric Vehicle Grand Prix Set for March 2 in Abu Dhabi

More than 400 students from 28 high schools in the UAE, USA, Italy, and Egypt will race their hand-built electric cars

The second UAE Electric Vehicle Grand Prix (UAE EVGP) for high school teams will be held on March 2 at Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Abu Dhabi. The race will draw more than 400 high school students in teams from 21 UAE schools, five teams from the US, and one team apiece from Egypt and Italy. 

NYU Abu Dhabi is the academic partner for the event, which is organized by both Global EEE, a US-based non-profit organization focused on education, energy, and the environment, as well as the UAE-based 3elm Education and Training Consultancy focused on talent development and labor market alignment.

The teams use engineering principles to build single-person electric cars from standard kits, with room for customization and innovation. Then, they race them in an efficiency challenge, applying classroom knowledge to real-world problems. 

The teams have received guidance and support from their teachers and technical experts. They also attended an orientation session and subsequent mini-conference at NYU Abu Dhabi’s campus.

The UAE EVGP is a platform for hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts in an exciting real-world context. The competition is designed to enable students to embrace their soft skills through teamwork, time management, leadership, innovation, and self-confidence. 

The students will compete on the Al Forsan closed karting  track while carefully managing their limited battery capacity. Teams are ranked based on the most laps completed, and the top three receive the winners’ trophies. Other awards include the fastest qualifying time, technical innovation, women in science and engineering (WISE) award (individual or team), the coveted ProjoTech award, and more. 

The panel of judges comprises experts from the private sector, academia, and government, including representatives from the US Department of Transportation and the Washington DC Department of Energy and Environment.

This year the UAE EVGP is made possible with the partnership of key organizations, including the US Mission in the UAE, ProjoTech, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, and PepsiCo.


“NYU Abu Dhabi has a vital role in the wider academic community in nurturing and inspiring young minds and fostering sustainable innovation among high school students. We are delighted to collaborate with Global EEE in providing a hands-on environment where students apply what they learn in the classroom to devise real-world solutions in an exciting setting. This learning experience requires teamwork, critical thinking, leadership, problem-solving, and communication, and will undoubtedly prompt curiosity and ideas for a more sustainable tomorrow.”

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann

“ProjoTech is thrilled to participate in such a prestigious international competition, where students have the opportunity to develop essential market-needed skills such as innovation, critical thinking, and project management while working in a team environment. To streamline the workflow for students, we have seamlessly incorporated the comprehensive content and instructions provided by Global EEE into the ProjoTech online platform. Through this integration, students gain first-hand exposure to the professional design and development processes. The concerted efforts of our partnership strive to provide an unforgettable and enriching experience that the students enjoy and grow from."

Business Development Manager Menna Elshafaey

“We are excited to witness The Electric Vehicle Grand Prix in its second year. This initiative underscores our commitment to empower the next generation with hands-on experience in electric vehicle technology and firmly aligns with our vision for a more sustainable future. Through initiatives like these, we aim to inspire young minds to explore and contribute to the advancements in clean and green technology.”

General Manager at PepsiCo Gulf Balachandran Jayachandran