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In a UN-sponsored event designed to popularize electric vehicles, the Zero Race solar car rally began on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland.

Participating in the race are teams from South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Germany. They will attempt to travel around the world in 80 days, through 16 countries.

Zero Race organizer Louis Palmer has already driven around the world in his ‘Solar Taxi’, through 38 countries during 18 months.

From a CNET News article:

With this race we want to show that seven billion people on this planet need renewable energy and clean mobility.

–Louis Palmer

For more on the story see the following video report from ITN News:

Carbon neutral round-the-world race underway

Additional resources:

Zero Race website

The Australian – All eyes on Trev in electric-powered race

Al Jazeera English video – Around the world in electric cars