Louis Palmer was raised in Luzern, Switzerland. Since he was a little child, his dream was to show the benefit of renewable energy sources and solar cars to the world. After finishing school, he became a schoolteacher. After several trips to foreign countries he discovered his vision and did his first steps into Solar Energy.
In 2004 Louis Palmer started, with the help of sponsors and technical support, to build a solar powered car called the Solartaxi. For the technical expertise he worked together with the Hochschule für Technik und Architektur Luzern and three more Swiss universities. He drove around the world between 2007 and 2008. With the solar car he did over 54,000 kilometers and went through over 40 counties. In 2008 the tour ended after 18 months back in Luzern, making this to be the first tour around the world in a solar powered car. During the tour his companion Erik Schmitt made a documentary film about the tour. In 2009 he was awarded the European Solar Prize for his Solartaxi.
After his Solartaxi tour, Louis Palmer drew from his previous experience when he became the initiator and tour director to organize the race. The so-called Zero Emissions Race took place between August 2010 and February 2011. The aim was to make it around the world in 80 days and to show what emission-free vehicles can accomplish that. Louis Palmer invited four teams to the competition. Louis expressed criteria for the teams that where quite concrete: They had to be propelled by an electric motor, they had to be able to drive a certain distance in a certain time and they had to be able to carry at least two persons. Through this race Louis Palmer was, once again, able to draw attention to his vision of sustainable living.
WAVE World Advanced Vehicle Expedition
Louis Pamer's third tour started on 10 September 2011 in Paris and finished on 25 September 2011 in Prague. 25 electric vehicles from 8 countries joined his first WAVE across 3000 km and 8 countries. The tour stopped in around 30 cities to demonstrate to the public that electric vehicles are reliable, fun and powerful. All vehicles had to produce their own electricity from a renewable source such as wind or solar and feed it into the grid. In December the second WAVE took place in India. 5 electric cars joined this tour from Mumbai to Bangalore and back. 
During his trips, Louis Palmer is often asked to speak about his vision of solar energy and about his dream of a better world with renewable energy. His experience as a teacher is part of his special way of communicating to people. As a conference speaker he had the opportunity to speak in front of researchers, politicians, and students. This part of educating the audience and inspiring people to change their consuming behaviour into a reflected awareness of the environment is of great importance to him. In 2011, he was awarded Champion of the Earth for his achievements.
- Verrückt nach dieser Welt: Abenteuer zwischen Himmel und Erde. Delius Klasing Verlag. Bielefeld. 2005. ISBN 978-3-7688-1682-3
- Literature by and about Louis Palmer in the German National Library catalogue
- Louis Palmer's biography – on his personal website
- Solartaxi. Around the world with the sun – website promoting the film by Erik Schmitt
- WAVE World Advanced Vehicle Expeditions 2011 – about the WAVE Europe and WAVE India
- WAVE World Advanced vehicle Expeditions 2012 – about the E-Bike WAVE and WAVE Europe in September 2012