Zero Race launches with Canadian Solar backing

Zero racer from the Orlikon Solar Racing Team in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Photo: Zero Race

KITCHENER, Ont.: Canadian Solar Inc., a global solar module producer, is sponsoring a zero-emission, around-the-world electric car race.

The Zero Race (for zero emissions) started Aug. 16 at the Square of Nations in Geneva and will cover Europe, Asia, and North America. Four teams from Switzerland, Germany, South Korea and Australia, will have 80 days to cover 30,000 kilometres across 16 countries in their zero-emission, electric cars.

“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,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO and chairman of Canadian Solar.

Organizers want the race to build awareness of renewable energies and energy efficiency. In November, racers 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 Louis Palmer, a native of Switzerland, who was the first person to go around the world in a solar-powered vehicle.

Canadian Solar Inc., based in Kitchener, Ont. and a supplier of solar products and systems to worldwide markets, announced last week its Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. subsidiary would be building a manufacturing plant in Guelph, Ont. to produce 200 megawatts of solar modules a year.

The company has seven other wholly owned manufacturing subsidiaries across China.

Check out the Zero Race teams:
Orlikon Solar Racing Team, Winterthur, Switzerland
Power Plaza Team, Seoul, South Korea
Team Trev, Adelaide, Australia
Vectrix Team, Berlin, Germany‚Ä®