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Swiss clock up first place in eco-race

Update: February, 26/2011 - 08:55

GENEVA — The Zero Emissions Race, supported by the UN Evironment Programme, successfully came back on Thursday to the UN Office at Geneva, Switzerland, after 80 days going around the world.

The vehicles travelled some 28,000km across 16 countries. On average the teams drove some 500km a day.

"Their trip has not only served to raise awareness of the environmental challenge that we face. It has also shown, in a very practical way, how innovation and creativity can be integrated in our common efforts to address this challenge," said Sergei A Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva.

"No major technical difficulties occurred with the cars en route," said Louis Palmer, organizer of the event, who circum-navigated the planet in a self-made solar powered car in 2008.

The Zero Race is not about the speed, but about vehicle reliability and other criteria such as energy efficiency, utility to every day life, design and safety.

The most successful vehicle was the Oerlikon Solar Racing Team from Switzerland, followed by German team Vectrix, an electric motor scooter. Third place is taken by TREV from Australia. — VNS

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