The Nissan Leaf models are the easiest to spot, since they dominate the foreground. But Tesla Model S EVs and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids are represented as well. Look a little closer and you'll see a Ford Focus Electric and Mistubishi i EVs. And is that a Cadillac ELR we see?

Yes, it's kind of fun to take a good look at the picture above (click to enlarge), which was released by the Electric Vehicle Association of Quebec (AVEC) showing off the group's successful 431-EV gathering, which should set a new world record for most plug-in vehicles in one place at one time. Previous records were the 225 Leafs Nissan collected at the Silverstone Formula Racetrack in the UK in late 2012, the 260.5 EVs that tooled around Oslo, Norway in September, 2013 and the 305 EVs that were part of the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) in Zurich earlier this year. The Montreal record has not yet been certified, but AVEC says it has submitted the event to Guinness and expects to hear back in a few months. Given the ever-increasing number of plug-in vehicles in the world, we suspect Europe will try and reclaim the crown before then.

Check out the Google-translated press release below.
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A gathering of 431 electric vehicles in Montreal

Guinness record attempt submitted for approval

Montreal, April 18, 2014 - There is one month, the event organizers Connect You have appealed to owners of electric vehicles in Québec and surrounding area for a large gathering of electric vehicles, with the aim of beating the world record. Tonight on Île Sainte-Hélène Montreal, there were 431 electrically powered vehicles, assistance which gives hope that the exploit may be approved as Guinness record in the coming months! The current Guinness record was recorded in Zurich (Switzerland) with 305 vehicles.

The National Center for Advanced Transportation (CNTA), promoter activity, would like to thank the hundreds of conductive and connected conductors who responded to the call. "The electrification of transportation in Quebec is now underway, and this gathering clearly demonstrates that this is not just a fringe movement, but a change in perception of Quebec face transport," said Jacques Duval, door- word of the day Tune.

The popular belief is that electric vehicles are not practical in Quebec conditions (distances and climate). The reality is that over 2800 electrically powered vehicles already circulating among us. Models and technologies available allow you to choose according to need; all electric plug-in hybrid. The owners of EVs in Quebec can testify that the power is a viable and interesting option with us. Recharging can be done on a "regular" socket. The purchase and installation of residential terminal is optional. The network of public charging is growing day by day. For hybrid models, you can drive with peace of mind as a heat engine takes over when the battery reserves are depleted. And depending on the model, the fuel savings range from 50.

"In addition to electric vehicles, sustainable mobility includes several alternatives such as car sharing, carpooling, active transportation and public transit. We invite all those interested in sustainable mobility to come and explore the many alternatives presented under Event Connect You, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. "Adds Sylvain Castonguay, Executive Director of CNTA.


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      Nicholas Littlejohn
      • 8 Months Ago
      As EVs get more popular, shouldn't it just be customized EVs that come to shows unless there is a lecture and conference about promoting EV policy or culture? Fifty stock red Leafs, fifty blue seems redundant unless it's the parking lot of an EV conference (which we certainly should have!)
      thecommentator2013
      • 8 Months Ago
      Nice!
      danfred311
      • 8 Months Ago
      Does appear to be an ELR. A Fisker and a couple of smarts. And the embarrassment from VIA.
      Levine Levine
      • 8 Months Ago
      That is a photo that can make an oil baron cry in pain.
        BraveLil'Toaster
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Until you realize that the world record for the largest ICE gathering is set every Tuesday morning between the hours of 7 and 9AM. Then you instantly realize that this picture represents the annoyance caused by a tick feeding on a mosquito feeding on you.
      porosavuporo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not an EV record if you got hybrids like Volt sitting there. Otherwise i can dangle a power cord from a V8 vette battery and call it an EV gathering.
        herkimermedia
        • 8 Months Ago
        @porosavuporo
        I really don't understand your line of thinking. The Volt is an EV for 30-50 miles. If you exceed that range, instead of being stranded, it carries a generator to get you back to a power source. Think of it this way: the Volt is every bit as much an EV as a leaf...it just has some extra bits that make it more easy to live with. I don't know where to draw the line as far as what constitutes an EV vs. a range-extended hybrid. But the comment you made about the Vette is just silly...obviously a straw-man.
          GoodCheer
          • 8 Months Ago
          @herkimermedia
          "The Volt is every bit as much an EV as a leaf...it just has some EXTRA BITS that make it more easy to live with." Extra bits are what turns a vehicle with one power system, like a Leaf or a Corvette, into a a vehicle with two energy systems, like a Prius or a Volt. When you have certain types of extra systems, it makes it a hybrid. That's what a hybrid is.
          herkimermedia
          • 8 Months Ago
          @herkimermedia
          GoodCheer: You could certainly label the Volt a hybrid; it has many of the same pieces as other hybrids. But as it is electric-only for the vast majority of trips, rejecting it outright as an EV is…an oversimplification. My opinion: -The intent of a hybrid, is to maximize your mpg. (For example, at ~56 mpg, the Prius returns better fuel-efficiency than the Volt during those times when the generator is turning.) -But the intent of the Volt is something different: it is to eliminate the use of gasoline. It is all-electric, except for those times when you need the generator to get you back to an outlet. When does an EV stop being an EV, and become something else? If the Volt’s generator were on a trailer behind it—would you then consider the car an EV? The fact that the generator is integrated (rather than external) does not make the Volt less than an EV. I reject porosavuporo’s comment that Volts should not be counted among EV.
          Ray Blackburn
          • 8 Months Ago
          @herkimermedia
          "When does an EV stop being an EV, and become something else?" When the on board ICE starts burning gas. Anything that can use two types of fuel to propel it forward is a hybrid. " If the Volt’s generator were on a trailer behind it—would you then consider the car an EV?" YES. The Volt is a baby step to a EV. I do not believe that GM gets the right to con volute the EV moniker because they built a serial hybrid.
          porosavuporo
          • 8 Months Ago
          @herkimermedia
          A dodge RAM is an EV for about 100 yadrs if you crank it along on a starter battery.
          Grendal
          • 8 Months Ago
          @herkimermedia
          My opinion: It is an EV with training wheels. :) PS - My local Chevy salesperson brought the new ELR by my work to show it to me. He knows I'm into EVs. It is absolutely gorgeous car in person.
          herkimermedia
          • 8 Months Ago
          @herkimermedia
          ...hey look, another straw-man. Why the hate? How about posting something constructive?
      Spec
      • 8 Months Ago
      We need more variety in models! Just having Leafs, Volts, and Model S cars is boring.
        Grendal
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Well we've got the i3 showing up soon to add the excitement! -sarc
          Spec
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          the i3 is a welcome addition. (Despite looking like a piggy bank.)
        danfred311
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Spec
        It's not so much variety we need as it is good EVs at fair prices. Leaf and Volt are ugly and bland (in every way) at double the price.
      diffrunt
      • 8 Months Ago
      If that's a maroon Tesla nestled in the back (nearest ) row , I am quite surprised at it's size compared to the blue Prius parked this side of it .
        Nick Kordich
        • 8 Months Ago
        @diffrunt
        If we're looking at the same Tesla (Signature red, with 21" turbine wheels and an open sunroof in the nearest row), it's actually next to a blue Nissan Leaf. There was a blue PiP at the event, so my apologies if I'm looking at the wrong car. By the way, the car behind that red Model S is another Model S, just with the chrome trim blacked out - here's a photo they took to log attendance for the record: http://quebec.autoblog.com/photos/voiture-electrique-vehicule-branchez-vous-cnta-record-monde-evenement-montreal/#photo-2551550 The Model S is 21" longer than the Leaf (about half the difference in wheelbase, half in overhang) but 4.5" lower in overall height. It's about 19" longer than the Volt, but about the same height.
        Spec
        • 8 Months Ago
        @diffrunt
        I don't see any Prius. I see two Teslas next to each other tough . . . a maroon one and a black one.
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