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Electric vehicles complete round-the-world tour

GENEVA - Agence France-Presse | 2/24/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Electric vehicles from Australia, Germany and Switzerland complete a 27,000 kilometer 'emissions free' round-the-world trip.

Electric vehicles from Australia, Germany and Switzerland completed a pioneering 27,000 kilometer "emissions free" round-the-world trip on Thursday, after 188 days on the road and at sea.

The three-wheeler dubbed "TREV" from Adelaide, a German electric scooter and a "Monotracer" high-tech motorcycle glided silently into the UN's European headquarters about six months after they headed eastwards around the world.

Organizer Louis Palmer, a Swiss schoolteacher who made headlines with his 18-month pioneering world tour in a solar-powered "taxi" three years ago, said the three vehicles spent 80 days on the road.

"We wanted to show to the people of the world that we want this change, we all want these electric cars," he said. "We made it around the world in 80 days, we made it back here after 17 countries and 29,000 kilometers. We can't believe it."

The UN-backed "Zero Race" stopped off at the World Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico last December, after touring through Europe, Russia, China, Canada and the United States, before heading back through Morocco and Spain about a month behind schedule.

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