Hybrid Car Parade Sets Guinness World Record

Hybrid cars, which utilize both electric batteries as well as traditional combustion engines, aren’t normally known for setting records…at least not where speed or towing power are concerned. But that hasn’t stopped them from setting a new Guinness World Record.

Late last month, hybrid vehicle enthusiasts from all over the world gathered in Madison, Wisconsin set a new record for the longest hybrid-vehicle parade in the world.

The parade consisted of 208 vehicles and used a total of about four gallons of gasoline to travel a 2.1 mile loop at about 5 miles per hour. The most common vehicle was the Toyota Prius, which needs to reach a speed of around 35 miles per hour before its combustion engine will engage.

The Wisconsin event broke the previous Guinness world record set last year by 140 hybrids strung together in Belgium (See video footage of the 2010 parade below).

Because the vehicles traveled entirely on battery power, some of the participants in the 2011 event also dubbed it “the quietest parade in the world” but that title remains unofficial.

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11 comments

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Great

Kristina C.
Kristina C.4 years ago

ok - thanks

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

wow

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

wow

Patty Buxton
Patricia Buxton5 years ago

Nice. I wish I could have seen it.

heather g.
heather g.5 years ago

Gosh, I wish that group could come and hold a similar parade where I live.
Here in the Wild West the vehicles consist of the biggest trucks and SUVs and anything else that makes a lot of noise and spews out a lot of pollution. If you ask drivers nicely whether they could turn their engines off while sitting in the vehicle and abide by a Canada-wide by-law - you're bound to hit a brick wall of understanding and helpfulness......
They are totally unaware that they are dinosaurs......

Chris Ray
Chris R.5 years ago

Good for them! Thanks Beth!~

Amy S.
Amy S.5 years ago

Sitting outside in our backyard this summer on warm evenings that were anything but quiet, thanks to freeway sounds, I couldn't help but daydream about an alternate universe of hybrid-electric cars. How heavenly the silence would be!

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Neat. Thanks Beth.

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez5 years ago

cool!