New Guinness Record For Largest EV Parade Set At 507 Vehicles (Pics and Videos)

2 years ago by Jay Cole 23


The official Guinness World record for most all electric vehicles in a parade has been set today at 507 vehicles during National Drive Electric Week at an event in Cupertino, California.

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New EV Parade Record Set Saturday

New EV Parade Record Set Saturday – Image Credit Maddi Hausmann (EAASV,SF Bay LEAFs)

Given the fact the Guinness people where in attendance, and festivities set up to celebrate, this new record was expected to be a shoe-in, but it turned out a little closer than expected – as the previous mark was 481 vehicles (Stuttgart, Germany earlier this year).

The number could have been a little higher, but this event was for 100% electric vehicles and some disqualifications were made during the event for also having alternative powertrains (gas, pedal, etc), while some others failed to complete the planned route.

The ride was part of the 42nd Annual Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle Rally, the event was billed as the “nation’s largest electric vehicle event during National Drive Electric Week”

Still, 507 is a pretty great turnout, and shows that EV adoption in the United States and around the world continues to soar.

Congrats to the San Francisco Bay LEAFs, Electric Automobile Association Silicon Valley and all that were involved in making the event a success.


Below: Nissan-made video of the event…with a focus on the LEAF of course.  Special bonus: check out the Mitsu i-MiEV Citroen C-Zero (or at least the badging) at the 2:16 mark (hat tip to offib):

Stella Kicks Off The Silicon Valley EV Parade!

Stella Kicks Off The Silicon Valley EV Parade! – Image Credit Maddi Hausmann (EAASV,SF Bay LEAFs)

This MINI E Closes The Parade

This MINI E Closes The Parade – Image Credit Maddi Hausmann (EAASV,SF Bay LEAFs)

Aerial Shot Of The Parade Gathering via Zan Dubin Scott)

Aerial Shot Of The Parade Gathering via Zan Dubin Scott – Image Credit Frank Mokaya (EAASV,SF Bay LEAFs)

Another Look At The EV Gathering (Image Credit Frank Mokaya via George B)

Another Look At The EV Gathering (Image Credit Frank Mokaya via George B) (EAASV,SF Bay LEAFs)

Getting Ready To Go!

Getting Ready To Go! – Image Credit Maddi Hausmann (EAASV,SF Bay LEAFs)

The Soon To Be Released (for US) Kia Soul EV Enters The Parade

The Soon To Be Released (for US) Kia Soul EV Enters The Parade -Image Credit Maddi Hausmann (EAASV,SF Bay LEAFs)

While Some "Extinct" EVs Also Came To Play (Th!nk)

While Some “Extinct” EVs Also Came To Play (Th!nk) – Image Credit Maddi Hausmann (EAASV,SF Bay LEAFs)

Pics/video via: NDEW, EAASV, SF Bay LEAFs, Zan Dubin Scott, Shirish Jamthe on YouTube, hat tip to George B!

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23 responses to "New Guinness Record For Largest EV Parade Set At 507 Vehicles (Pics and Videos)"

  1. Congratulations to all.

  2. This was in Cupertino, California.

    They should be conducting the raffle for prizes right now. Quick Charge Power is a sponsor and we are giving away:

    1) One JESLA, the 40 amp portable charging solution ($999 value)

    2) One JLong, the 40 amp J1772 extension cord ($299 value)

    And you can win!!!!

    What: 42nd Annual Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle Rally & nation’s LARGEST electric vehicle event during National Drive Electric Week

    When: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 10 AM to 4 PM

    Where: De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, California

    Go to this link for details:

    http://www.eaasv.org/rally/

  3. Mikael says:

    *lol*… that parade is called “a monday morning” in Oslo. 😛 (or tuesday to friday morning too).

    1. Sparkler says:

      Well, you’re welcome to try to beat our record.

      The old record was set in Stuttgart, so having it bounce around the world is normal…

    2. Aatheus says:

      Please do try to break our record! It will be awesome if you do 🙂

  4. Scott Franco says:

    Cupertino is in the south bay, about 50 south of San Fransisco, in the area commonly called “silicon valley”.

  5. Scott Franco says:

    Would have been way more than 507 cars if they held it later than 7:00am.

    No way would I miss morning coffee for this.

    1. io says:

      Coffee, donuts etc were provided… 🙂

      1. Scott Franco says:

        Musta been gone by the time I showed up :(.

        Ah well, there were lots of interesting cars there, homemade convertions, cars like think that were made of plastic, and everything open and easy to view the working parts.

        They had a homemade CHADEMO charger there, first I’d heard about that. My wife got to check out an electric smart car, which she is pushing for (I suspect mainly for the convertable feature).

  6. kdawg says:

    You could hear the whirrrr from miles away…so it was told.

    1. io says:

      I was there, driving my Leaf.
      Eerie quiet actually… save for all the honking of still-parked vehicles to salute particular ones passing by (e.g. tzero, Vectrix, green Leaf, and most conversions as many are just awesome), and of course the ICEVs on the section of the parade sharing the road with them.

      The sudden smell on that section also made me realize how amazingly pleasant closely following a couple hundred EVs had been: I had left the fan running from the time staging in the parking lot, something otherwise unthinkable in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

    2. Sparkler says:

      Yes, the sound was incredible, in all it’s muted glory. A lot of it was the mandated sound coming from all the Leafs, and my Spark was adding it’s little whine. The speed never got high enough to switch that “Pedestrian Alert” sound off…

  7. madhaus says:

    Thanks for the writeup, Jay! Zan was actually in that last vehicle (the Mini-E) to cross the finish line, it was driven by Paul Stith. The event would not have been possible without the amazing effort and hard work of a really amazing group: Wes Lambert, Kent Okasaki, Paul Stith (all EAASV), Marina Cerin-Stith (SF BayLEAFs) and Geoff Ryder (SAP). It has been a genuine pleasure working with them over the last month to make this event possible.

    Without SAP’s major sponsorship of the parade this would have been impossible to pull off. We had to rent 3 parking lots from the college, get permits to shut Cupertino city streets, hire traffic control and sheriff’s deputies and campus security, and fly a Guinness judge out as well.

    btw the photos you shared here from Twitter account @EAASV were all taken by me, would appreciate a photo credit to Maddi Hausmann. Thanks much.

  8. madhaus says:

    Also, the aerial shot was taken by Frank Mokaya.

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Image credits added. Hope I got them right.

  9. Sparkler says:

    Yay! I was there I can see Sparkler in the aerial shot, parked a couple slots away from the T-Zero, which is the bright yellow blob at the top of the 9th row, so 3 down in the 8th row, that’s me! There were bout 150 cars ahead of me as we started out to parade 2 miles around DeAnza College, so at least 350 behind me. Several dual power source vehicles were dis-qualified after they ran. Turns out an E-bike with pedals was not considered to be “electric only” for the World’s Record. Ah, well, those guys looked like they were having fun anyway. Not shown are all the Electric Motorcycles, there were at least 20, no pedal power there!

  10. Sparkler says:

    Is there a higher rez aerial shot available somewhere?

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Love that vid George…will add that to the story! Thanks!

        1. George B. says:

          Happy to help, Jay! Good on you to cover the event.

  11. Hey, this was a worthwhile early Saturday AM event. I was happy to do it. The real surprise was the backup getting into the college before the parade. The traffic was so quiet! And no toxic fumes, either.

    More pictures and story here: http://livingwithmiev.blogspot.com

  12. Aatheus says:

    Hey, it looks like Nissan included my LEAF as one of the cars in their video. It’s the one with the antenna ball and the partially damaged front bumper 🙂