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A new world record has been set by the Electric Vehicle Union (EVU) and Norwegian EV Association in Norway as 260-and-a-half electric vehicles (EVs) were united to drive together outside of Norway’s capital city, Oslo.
Wait, 260-and-a-half? Yes, thanks to Nissan’s Half Leaf, a drivable half-cut Leaf opened-up to showcase the electric car’s drivetrain.
Starting from Maridalen in outer Oslo, what can be considered as the world’s cleanest and quietest automotive gathering of all time followed a pre-determined 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) route and was monitored by two-camera carrying drones to ensure that all vehicles were moving simultaneously and qualified for the new world record.
The previous record, which was set exclusively with Nissan Leaf vehicles at the Silverstone circuit in the UK in 2012, was beaten this time by 35-and-a-half EVs.
Although open to owners of all EVs, a large proportion of the cavalcade was represented by the Nissan Leaf. A total number of 128-and-a-half Leafs registered for the record attempt. Nissan said its zero-emission vehicle is one of the best selling cars in Norway with 2,298 cars being sold there in 2012.
“Although it was a fun event, it had a serious side,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles at Nissan Europe. “Its aim was to show that EVs are thoroughly practical everyday cars with the added benefit of producing no tailpipe emissions and very little noise. We had a customer from Hundeidvik, which is over 500 kilometers (310.68 miles) from Oslo, registered to take part using the quick charger network to get there. Norway is ahead of all other European electric vehicle markets, but many other governments and councils are watching closely and sales are increasing across the region.”
Nissan celebrated the momentous record breaking occasion by handing over the keys to the initial allocation of Nissan Leafs purchased by the Oslo municipality, the first of 1000 EVs the municipality will acquire over the next three years.
In addition to this, Nissan’s Pop-up Café gave participants and spectators the chance to learn more about EVs and the future of zero emission mobility.
At the Pop-up Café, the car manufacturer also unveiled its next challenge – to reach one billion electric kilometers by January 1, 2015 – as the company aims to encourage more consumers to join the EV revolution.
Nissan’s experts were on hand to answer questions about the Leaf and zero-emission mobility, and to point out the benefits of the special Nordic Pack, available on Leafs bought through Norway’s Nissan dealer network. As well as the expected heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, heated door mirrors and headlamp washers, the Nordic Pack includes a battery heater to counter the country’s extreme winter temperatures. The battery heater is only fitted to Nordic pack cars with temperatures in other parts of Europe not reaching the persistent low levels of the most northerly part of Europe.
Zero-emission EVs are hugely popular in Norway where, in 2012, they accounted for 2.9 per cent of the country’s total new car market. Owners are exempt from sales tax and enjoy free city centre parking and can even drive in bus lanes without penalty.