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After a 17 month journey around the globe, Swiss teacher Louis Palmer pulled into the parking lot outside the UN Climate Change talks in the Polish city of Poznan. He used 0 gallons of gasoline. The small solar car towed a trailer of batteries across 38 countries at a top speed of 55 mph covering around 190 miles per charge. Palmer had the opportunity to taxi around, among others, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Monaco’s Prince Albert and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Palmer plans on repeating his voyage from other forms of natural energy such as hydro-power, geothermal and wind.

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“Forget about a bailout. American car manufacturers should probably be requesting some face time with Louis Palmer.”

Where else can one go?

by Mike Randall Brand Futurist The Republik Captain Strategic Ops

Photo Credit: © SolarTaxi


Check out these Web sites for real time gas price averages and comparisons in your area: AAA’s site tracks the daily national average price of unleaded gasoline. Web site searches for the cheapest unleaded gas prices in your area.

“I like the fact that Gasbuddy also lists gas stations with the highest fuel prices so you can shop and compare. Just wish they covered more cities.”

by Jacqueline Stevenson Brand Futurist The Republik Corporal Strategic Ops


German automaker Mercedes announced they will cut petrol-fueled cars out of their lineup by 2015 in favor of alternative-powered vehicles, such as electric and bio-diesel.

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“It’s not surprising to see an automotive leader taking this step given the current environmental concerns. The questions to ask are: What is really the motivation behind this and which brand will next take these same steps in cars for the masses?”

by Sam Knoll Brand Futurist The Republik Commander Analytic Ops