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Madison, Wis., snags Guinness record for longest hybrid parade

July 28, 2011 | 12:50 pm

Photo: An aerial view of the parade. Credit: Smart Motors Last weekend, a line of 208 hybrid cars snaked through city streets, but not in tree-hugging Berkeley or the technology hotbed of New York.

This was the cheese-loving lake community of Madison, Wis., which scored a Guinness world record on Sunday for the longest hybrid parade.

Apparently, having the highest percentage of people with PhD's wasn’t a good enough record. Bet it feels good beating Belgium, which held the previous title with a measly 140-car event last year.

Starting and ending at the Smart Motors dealership, the 2.1-mile route was crammed with Toyota Priuses, Ford Escape hybrids, Honda Insight hybrids and more, with drivers from 10 states and Canada.

The vehicles, according to organizers, stuck mostly to their electric modes, making it one of the quieter parades in memory.


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-- Tiffany Hsu

Photo: An aerial view of the parade. Credit: Smart Motors