In the world of EVs, records are broken all the time – from record-breaking range, to record-breaking sales and production. But on October 24, EVs broke a new kind of record; specifically, a Guinness World Record.
To celebrate Earth Day, Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) and 733 EVs teamed up along Avenue José-Maria-Rosell in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec to beat the world record for the “largest gathering of a 100 per cent electric car parade.” The previous record was set back in 2016 in Denmark, with 402 EVs.
According to the Guinness World Information group, for the record to successfully be broken, all vehicles (excluding vans, buses, and scooters) needed to be 100 per cent electrical. They also needed to be registered; they needed to have run the 3.2 kilometres of the parade’s procession and cross the end line in the identical order that they had began. Due to these stipulations, seven vehicles had been disqualified from the rely for not following the principles.
In an interview with Electric Autonomy Canada, EMC president and CEO Daniel Breton explained, “The reason why we wanted to organize this event is just to show that there is a clear evolution of electric mobility and electric vehicle adoption in Quebec and Canada…We wanted to show that things are really evolving and more and more people are adopting electric vehicles.”
EMC also reveals that they have their sights set on a second record — the biggest parade of all varieties of electrical automobiles (together with vans, buses, scooters, bikes, and so on.) gathered in a single place. The current record of 576 was established in 2015 by Switzerland-based group Louis Palmer.