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Solar taxi driver plans global race

A Swiss inventor who last year circumnavigated the globe in a solar taxi says four teams will follow in his tire tracks next week.

This content was published on August 11, 2010 - 19:24

Louis Palmer says the teams from Australia, Germany, South Korea and Switzerland will fire up their electric vehicles on August 16 in Geneva in an effort to race around the world in 80 days without producing any carbon emissions.

They will finish there again after 30,000 kilometres on the road in January 2011.

On the way they will stop in 150 cities including Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Cancun for the United Nations climate change meeting at the end of November.

Palmer said the aim was to show that electric vehicles were practical for daily use. He hopes to repeat the race every two years.

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