Solar Taxi Driver Plans Global Zero Emissions Race

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

Louis Palmer says the teams from Australia, Germany, South Korea
and Switzerland will fire up their electric vehicles Aug. 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 18,642 miles (30,000
kilometers) on the road in Jan. 2011.

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

Palmer told the AP on Wednesday the aim is to show that electric
vehicles are practical for daily use.

He hopes to repeat the race every two years.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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