Berlin is electrified

05/24/2015 Two highlights at once electrified Tempelhof Airport: With 577 electric vehicles, it hosted the longest parade in the world and Lucas Di Grassi won the first Formula E race in Germany only to be disqualified a few hours later.

Tempelhof Airport was host to pure electromobility today. Germany once again holds the world record for the longest parade of electric vehicles with 577 e-cars, Segways, e-scooters, e-motorbikes, e-trucks and e-trikes. The previous record of 507 vehicles was reached on September 22, 2014, in the Silicon Valley in the United States.

Electromobility pioneers and all Berlin residents were invited to take part in the attempt to break the world record and drive their own or a rented vehicle around the track of the FIA Formula E DHL ePrix race – while 20,000 enthusiastic spectators looked on.

The parade was organized by Swiss Louis Palmer (WAVE) in collaboration with the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMo. He was visibly relieved when the 508th electric car crossed the finish line: "Until the end it was not clear whether we would break the world record. With 577 vehicles, Berlin has now set the bar very high for the next try."

According to the rules of Guinness World Records, only electric vehicles that have an ordinary registration and no other propulsion count. Pedelecs, hybrids or electric vehicles with a range extender were not allowed to participate in the parade.

Lucas di Grassi from the German Abt Sportsline team won the subsequent Formula E race. A few hours later, he was disqualified for illegal modifications to his vehicle. The Formula E racing series is being held this year for the first time in eleven cities around the world. Berlin is one of the venues for the world's first all-electric racing series. For the Formula E, the race, including practice and qualifying rounds, is held on a single race day.

The Berlin Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, Cornelia Yzer, was enthusiastic about the race and the world record: "Electromobility is fun and contagious. They have established the Formula E race as well as set the new world record against the backdrop of the former Tempelhof Airport."
The head of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMo, Gernot Lobenberg, welcomed both the world record and the Formula E race: "We are delighted that the world record has come to Berlin and that the race has inspired so many people. This will further increase the visibility of electromobility and the people of Berlin will take note that the future is not pie in the sky. Sustainable mobility is here and now."
Photos of the world record parade can be downloaded here and used with the note ©Berlin Partner for press purposes.