Louis Palmer of Switzerland took his concern about the environment a bit more seriously than most of us. In July of 2007, he set off on a trip around the world in a most unusual vehicle.
The Solar Taxi is a custom made car that is fully electric, and tows a trailer outfitted with PV solar panels from Q Cells. Its battery is a Swiss made salt, ceramic, and nickel unit that is a little different than those we’re starting to see for use in electric vehicles. It may not be the most elegant ride out there, but Palmer has something to say:
“Admittedly, as a regular citizen, I cannot change the world but I can demonstrate to the world just how dire the global climate situation has become…”
He further states:
“The solar taxi should rekindle hope and a zest for life, set an example to counteract resignation and stimulate reflection. And show that every single one of us can take a step towards preserving our planet.”
Solar Taxi is in Toronto right now. Follow its progress at www.solartaxi.com.
Filed under: alternative vehicles on September 1st, 2008