Montreal sets new EV gathering record: 431

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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.

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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% to 100%.

"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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