Louis Palmer is a global environmental adventurer, event manager and an international conference speaker. He is the initiator of numerous projects, including two pioneering global circumnavigations with electric cars, such as the Solartaxi and the ZERO Race. Today, Louis Palmer is a reputed conference speaker, while he continues to undertake new and innovative projects around the world to promote renewable energies and electric mobility.
In August 2010, the Zero Race project set out to drive around the world in 80 days with four 100% electric vehicles running on renewable energies to show the planet, that new technologies are affordable, reliable and ecological. This project is currently under way, and will be completed in February 2011.
In 2004, Louis Palmer initiated the construction of the Solartaxi, a solar powered car, in order to realise his childhood dream to drive around the world without polluting. He successfully completed this project with the help of four Swiss universities, various sponsors and over 200 people. Between 2007 and 2008, Louis Palmer embarked on his epic journey around the world with the Solartaxi, covering 54 000 km across 38 countries in 18 months. This also earned him worldwide attention, as he inspired world leaders and an estimated 750 million people with his message that: Yes! Change is possible, and solutions exist to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energies. In 2009, Louis Palmer received the European Solar Price for his achievements.
He also participated in various other projects around the world, including the exploration of Afghanistan, and in 2002, he initiated a philanthropic project to rebuild the school in the remote village in Arkandi for 700 children.
As a pilot, in 1996, Louis Palmer crossed the United States with an ultralight, for which he received the prize of "Most Outstanding Flight of the Year" from the American Ultralight Association. In 1998, he also became the first person to fly across South America with the smallest airplane, as he traversed several countries, including the Amazon and the Brazilian rainforest to explore the human impact on the environment.
One of Louis Palmer’s first projects was in 1994, when he cycled across the African continent alone from Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa, covering a distance of 10180 km to learn about wildlife and habitat management.
Native to Hungary, Louis Palmer was raised in Switzerland, where he was trained as a schoolteacher. He speaks six languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Hungarian.