Louis Palmer is a Swiss teacher with a special mission. He has inspired the Zero Emissions Race, after people witnessed him taking the solar car that he built around the world. Palmer’s trip was to highlight the power and potential that solar energy harnessing could bring to our experience.
Taking a cue from this modern day Phileas Fogg, five teams from four continents will begin a race around the world using electric vehicles as race cars. Teams from Germany, Australia, Switzerland and South Korea will participate in the race and will have to cover a distance of 18,642 miles (30,000 kilometers) on the road.
The race will start and end at Geneva, and the teams will use only solar energy to power their travel. This circumnavigation of the world will cover 150 cities around the world including Los Angeles, Shanghai, Moscow, Berlin and Cancun. At Cancun they hope to part of the U.N. climate change meeting that is scheduled to be held at the end of November.