Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Meet the Swiss Solartaxi at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

The Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore and its platform swissnex Singapore are proud to inform you about the visit of a remarkable fellow citizen, Louis Palmer, a Solartaxi driver. Finally, after having passed through many countries such as India, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, Louis Palmer is about to arrive in Singapore. On his adventure of circling the world in a car that relies entirely on renewable energies, Mr Palmer will set foot on 5 continents and 50 countries, driving more than 40'000 kilometers. Among others, Louis Palmer will present the Solartaxi and give a presentation on his adventures at the Nanyang Technological University, 25 March 2008.

Swiss Adventurer Mr Louis Palmer started his trip around the world in his solar powered vehicle, the "Solartaxi", on the occasion of the European Sustainable Energy Forum in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 3 July 2007. It took 3 years to build the Solartaxi. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and three Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences have been involved in its making, integrating top-notch technologies and a flexible steering-wheel that allows the passenger to take control of the vehicle running at a maximum speed of 90 kph, the sustainable way.

Louis Palmer travelled overland from the heart of Switzerland through 18 countries to the Middle East and India. From there he travelled by ship to his next destinations, India and Indonesia , just in time to reach Bali for the Climate Change Conference in early December 2007, where the Solartaxi became a major attraction at the gates of the summit. It served to give an emission-free lift to a great number of participants. Among many were Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Nobel Prize winning IPCC, Bianca Jagger, President of the World Future Council, and Michael Bloomberg, City Major of New York.

In order to see the Solartaxi live in Singapore, come to Nanyang Technological University on Tuesday, 25 March 2008. Besides showcasing his car, Mr Palmer will hold a presentation of his endeavours on the road, his intentions and on the vehicle itself. Do not miss the opportunity to get a glimpse on the future of automobiles in the context of sustainability!

Location: Classroom 5, Level 1, School of Biological Sciences
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Location: The Quad

For further questions and enquiries, please refer to www.solartaxi.com or www.swissnexsingapore.org, or call us on +65 6774 9364.