Swiss solar energy pioneer Louis Palmer is offering free rides in his Solartaxi in Manhattan this week.This content was published on September 10, 2008 - 12:31
He arrived in New York on Tuesday, having already driven his solar-powered vehicle 43,000 kilometres across Europe, Asia, Australasia and the United States without using a drop of petrol.
During his trip he has given lifts to a number of prominent people, including New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Titanic film director James Cameron. On Friday he is to take UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to work.
Palmer's two-seater, three-wheeled Solartaxi consists of a solar vehicle and trailer with solar cells. Fifty per cent of the energy it uses comes from the solar cells on the trailer; the other 50 per cent is accessed via power sockets en route.
It has a range of 400 km and can achieve a speed of up to 90 kph.
The vehicle was designed by Switzerland's two federal institutes of technology in cooperation with private partners.
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