507-EV Parade Sets New World Record

The record for the world’s largest parade of electric vehicles was taken back by the U.S. Saturday Sept. 20 at the National Drive Electric Week event in Cupertino, California.

A Guiness World Record official was on hand to declare 507 EVs did indeed supercede a record 481-EV parade in Sutttgart Germany May 2014.

“No hybrids were allowed” said Plug In America, one of several sponsors for the event organized by San Francisco BayLEAFs and the Silicon Valley chapter of the Electric Auto Association.

To put a finer point on it, no plug-in hybrids were counted at De Anza College where Guiness judge Philip Robertson handed over a Guinness certificate before crowd numbered in the thousands, including local supporters.

“Congratulations on helping to drive the future of automotive technology,” Robertson said. “This is a change moment.”

Plug In America also noted this even in Cupertino event was one of 152 taking place in 5 countries, 39 U.S. states, six Canadian Provinces and 150 cities in which owners of over 3,000 plug-in electric vehicles registered to share their electric driving experience with the public.

“Each event is led by local plug-in drivers and advocates and typically includes some combination of EV parades, ride-and-drives, electric tailgate parties, press conferences, award ceremonies, informational booths, and more,” said the advocacy organization.

Parade EVs included (naturally) the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S and Roadster, Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric, Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, Zero Motorcycles, Lightening Motorcycles, BMW i3, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Toyota RAV4EV (legacy and newer) and the Kia Soul EV. Historic EVs included the AC Propulsion tzero, and Stella multi-passenger vehicle also joined the gathering.

Other supporters included the Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association.