Electric car owners from all of Scandinavia came together on Sunday to highlight green transportation and set some world records in the process.
As part of an event showcasing Copenhagen as the 2014 European Green Capital, organisers reported that 166 electric vehicles crossed the Øresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen.
Although they are still awaiting an official count for their effort to create the world's longest electric car parade, the event organisers say that they easily secured the Guinness World Record for the ‘most electric cars on a roof top parking lot’, the ‘largest spiral made with electric cars’ and the ‘most electric cars on a bridge between two countries’.
Cars get in to position. Photo: Jens Astrup/Scanpix
The parking records were set at the Field’s shopping centre in the Copenhagen district of Amager.
The organisers of Sunday’s event said that it was a fun way to bring attention to the idea of a ‘green motorway’ connecting the Øresund Region with Hamburg, Germany and to promote electric car ownership.
“We need to get people to pay attention to the electric car because it is non-polluting and quiet. Before summer there just 400 registered electric cars out of the 160,000 registered vehicles in Copenhagen, or about 0.25 percent. That is way too few,” Jakob Hougaard, the deputy chairman of the City of Copenhagen’s technical and environment committee, said.
In the world record attempts, a contingent of Danish and Norwegian electric car owners crossed from Copenhagen into Malmö, where they met up with the annual Swedish-run event, the Öresund Electric Car Rally for a return trip over the Øresund Bridge.
Organisers say 166 vehicles took part. Photo: Jens Astrup/Scanpix
Although the numbers still need to be verified, the previous record for the longest electric car parade was set in Japan in 2010 with 100 participants. The estimated turnout for the Copenhagen-Malmö event was 166 participants out of the 183 vehicle owners who signed up.
A video about Copenhagen’s selection as the 2014 European Green Capital can be seen below: