September 20, 2008
For the first time in history, a solar-powered car is driving around the world without any carbon emissions - and it was in Merced July 18, 2008.
Swiss adventurer Louis Palmer is taking a small, blue, environmentally friendly taxi around the world. The solar-electric two-seat taxi with attached trailer is an attempt to call attention to global warming while providing solutions for oil independency.
The School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced, sponsored a stop on the Solar Taxi world tour to help advocate for alternative energy. UC Merced is home to the UC Merced Energy Research Institute, which is made up of several energy-related research efforts, including projects developing innovative solar technology, forecasting solar power, and analyzing alternative fuels. The LEED-certified UC Merced campus - one of the most energy-efficient university campuses in the world - is also a living laboratory for the institute's energy efficiency and intelligent infrastructure research focus areas.