A four-man team of Welsh football supporters is undertaking an epic, 5,000-mile journey across Europe and the Middle East in an MG electric vehicle, making their way to Qatar for the global footballing event – the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Having set off from Wales on 25 October, the four electric car enthusiasts are currently travelling through Europe and are expected to arrive in Amman, Jordan on 12 November. The team will be travelling through Jordan and Saudi Arabia, with plans to visit iconic sites such as Wadi Rum, Al Ula, and Hofuf as well as the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh along the way.


The team will be visiting MG car dealerships on their trip to access charging facilities for their new MG4 Electric model, and for the team to connect with like-minded enthusiasts. Just 22 days after setting off, the team is expected to arrive in Qatar on 18 November – in time for the first group game of Wales against the USA on 21 November.

According to driver Nick Smith, their love of football, thirst for adventure and desire to raise awareness of sustainable issues are all behind this exciting trip. He added that they will also be dispelling myths and misconceptions surrounding electric cars.

We’re passionate about the positive change that electric cars can bring. They’re an important part of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, decreasing CO2 emissions and improving the air quality of our towns and cities.

The central sustainability message of the trip is that electric cars are viable alternatives to petrol and diesel, even in the most challenging circumstances. The MG electric vehicle is capable of running approximately 451 kilometres on a single charge and can charge in just under nine hours from a standard home charger. With rapid charging, the car can go from 10% to 80% in just 35 minutes!

More information on the Car to Qatar challenge can be found at electriccartoqatar.com. You can follow the team on social media via the hashtag #electriccartoqatar.

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