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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