Last Friday in Montréal, an event billed as “the biggest EV rally” qualified for the Guinness Book of World Record after 438 plug-in vehicles showed up to surpass the 305 that amassed in Zurich last year.
The event drew drivers from Canada and the U.S. to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal.
It has alternately been described as a “rally” and a “parade” and was organized by the CNTA, which (in English) is short for National Advanced Transportation Center.
Also, it was open to more than just pure electric vehicles, and included plug-in hybrids, a few electric motorcycles, and an electric boat.
The predominant car to show up was the Chevrolet Volt, of which 178 were counted. Next up was the Nissan Leaf, with 94 in attendance. Following that was the Tesla Model S with 59 taking part.
The gathering also coincided with the second year for Get Connected Day on the 18th and 19th where the public was invited to drive EVs.
Other vehicles counted were 11 Toyota plug-in Prii, seven Ford C-Max Energis and six Ford Fusion Energis. There were also 20 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, 16 Ford Focus Electrics, 11 Smart EDs, three Lito Soras, three Tesla Roadsters, three VBVs, three Zero motorcycles, two Cadillac ELRs, one Fisker Karma, one Via V-Trux, one LTS Electric boat.
Photo credit: Frédéric Lavigne https://www.flickr.com/photos/flavigne/
The blog post commemorating the record is here.
The post talking about the gathering is here.
The count is here.