Montréal EV Parade Guinness Record : Complete Report

This past April 18th and 19th was the 2nd edition of  Get Connected Day where the CNTA (National Advanced Transportation Center) invited the general public to test drive electric vehicles on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal.  The goal of this event was to give the opportunity to the general public to meet and talk with EV owners, try a variety of EVs and consult with EV centric businesses.

Photo Credit : Club Tesla Québec

Guinness World Record 

To mark the event’s second anniversary, the organizers decided to attempt to break a Guinness World Record.  They were inspired by an EV owner’s comment on Roulezelectrique.com.  The Guinness World Record is for the largest parade of EVs.  That record was set in July 2013 and consisted of 305 EVs, in Zurich, Switzerland.

On a cold Friday, EVs trickled in the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and were asked to park by their make and model in the large parking area. Most of these drivers had pre-registered their cars weeks ago in anticipation of the event. The excitement slowly built up as more and more cars arrived in a 3-4 hour span. During this time the EV owners got to socialize, take pictures and admire each others cars. This was also a chance for a lot of these drivers to put a face to a name by finally meeting in person after chatting together on various social media.

Photo Credit : DroneBox

Here’s the breakdown of the various EVs at the event for a grand total of 438 EVs !

178 Chevrolet Volt

94 Nissan Leaf

59 Tesla Model S

20 Mitsubishi iMiev

16 Ford Focus Electric

11 Smart ED

11 Toyota Prius Plug-in

10 converted vehicles

7 Ford C-Max Energi

6 Ford Fusion Energi

Lito Sora

3 Tesla Roadster

3 VBV

Zero

2 Cadillac ELR

1

 1 Fisker Karma

1 V-Trux

LTS Electric Boat

***Final numbers are to be confirmed***

 

The event was covered by various local and national media outlets :

CBC News – Electric Cars Get a Boost in Québec

CTV Montréal –  Electric car enthusiasts assemble

Global News – Montréal Set New Guinness Record for Most Electric Cars in One Place

Green Car Reports – New World Record In Canada: 431 Plug-In Electric Vehicles In One Place

TVA Nouvelles – Rassemblement inusité, Record Guinness à Montréal !

Journal de Montréal – Rassemblement record de véhicules électriques

AutoBlog Québec – Couverture de l’événement Branchez-Vous 2014

Météo Média – Rassemblement de véhicules électriques: record mondial battu à Montréal

Éco-Énergie à Montréal – Rassemblement de véhicules électriques à Montréal – record Guinness battu

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