Forget biodiesel, hybrids, and electric vehicles–Swiss engineer Mark Muller has designed a car capable of taking a 40,000 km (24,855 mile) trip around the world using only wind and solar power. The car, built as part of the ICARE project gets its juice from solar panels during the day and a wind-powered generator at night.

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Muller’s car will kick off its trip in May, traveling through 30 countries before ending its journey in October 2011. Two journalists will ride in the car at all times. One will be part of a core group and the other will be part of a rotating team that changes depending on the continent. According to ICARE, “Through this world tour, interesting sustainable development initiatives, particularly mechanisms used to compensate for CO2 emissions, will be presented and given media coverage.” In other words, we can expect to see the vehicle used as an educational tool in countries around the world.

Want to see Muller’s futuristic car in action? Check out the video below.


Via Green Diary