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Electric cars race around the world

GENEVA - Electric vehicles from Australia, Germany and Switzerland set off yesterday, local time, on the "longest and greenest" round-the-world drive to promote emissions free transport and November's world climate conference.

The UN-backed "Zero Race" is organised by Swiss schoolteacher Louis Palmer, who made headlines with his 18-month pioneering world tour in a solar-powered "taxi" two years ago, picking up celebrities on the way.

"With this race we want to show that seven billion people on this planet need renewable energy and clean mobility," said Palmer.

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