Can your electric car go 250 kilometers (155 miles) a day at a speed of 80 kilometers an hour (50 miles an hour)? Can it do that 80 days in a row all around the world?

This, pretty much, is the challenge of the Zero Race, which starts today in Geneva, Switzerland and will travel through Moscow, Shanghai, Vancouver and San Francisco – and more – before cruising into Cancun, Mexico, for a UN climate conference there at the end of November. The event is being sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program, Google Inc. and Canadian Solar, among others.

Four teams will make the drive, including the Oerlikon Solar Racing Team from Switzerland in the Zero Tracer (a cousin to the X-Tracer, which is still competing in the X-Prize), the Vectrix Team from Germany, Team Trev from Australia and the Power Plaza Team from South Korea. The Zero Race is a project of Louis Palmer, who long-time readers will remember from his 'round-the-world Solar Taxi trip. Quite a life this guy leads. We call shotgun for the next event. It's not entirely easy though, as Zero Race was supposed to start in June – let's hope the arrival in Cancun won't be delayed quite as much.

[Source: Zero Race, Bloomberg]


Canadian Solar Sponsors Global, Zero-Emission, Electric Car Race

Teams to Cover 16 Countries in 80 days Highlighting Environment, Energy Efficiency and Reliability

ONTARIO, Canada, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. ("the Company", "we" or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ:CSIQ) , one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced its sponsorship of a one a kind, zero-emission, electric car race. The extraordinary car race will start today at the Square of Nations in Geneva and cover Europe, Asia, and North America. Four teams, will have 80 days to cover 30,000 kilometers across 16 countries in their zero-emission, electric cars.

"We loved the idea of going around the world in electric cars from the very first day. This project symbolizes the solar industry's power of innovation, and it provides a vision of what will be possible in the future. This remarkable race is perfectly in line with Canadian Solar's sustainability goals. We are very proud of our association with this event and congratulate the teams for their participation," said Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO and Chairman of Canadian Solar.

For the 80-day world tour, the teams have designed highly sophisticated electric vehicles. Different from classic car races, the ZERO race is not about speed, but about the environment, energy efficiency and reliability.

New approaches of climate protection and energy efficiency

The ZERO race was initiated by Louis Palmer from Switzerland, who was the first person to go around the world in a solar-powered vehicle. The organization team wants to use the race to build public awareness for the potentials of renewable energies and energy efficiency, particularly in the face of the ever-increasing global traffic and the growing environmental pollution. In November, the participants will stop over for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. "We want to demonstrate that in the long term, seven billion people who live on this planet depend on renewable energies, and on clean mobility approaches. The ZERO Race is mostly about demonstrating realistic approaches to find a more climate-friendly and greener future," said Palmer.

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