The first-generation Chevrolet Volt will soon be found in the collection of weird and wonderful achievements that is the Guinness Book of World Records.
Well, actually, we should clarify. The car itself didn’t actually set this record specifically.
Rather, Chevrolet recently put its secondary use battery in the books by setting a record for the most people generating electricity in one week at the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games, which concluded Sunday.
The company set up the Chevrolet Power of Play exhibit at CIBC Pan Am Park from July 17-24 and had participants compete head-to-head on a 1,038-foot slot car track. The kicker? The slot cars were powered by the Volt’s secondary-use battery and participants were forced to generate the speed and control the cars by riding on six stationary bicycles.
All the batteries used in the Guinness effort had exceeded their eight to ten-year lifespan, though Chevrolet says they still have fifty to seventy percent of their charge capacity remaining.
A total of 4,739 people generated more than 13,000 electrical watt hours of electricity over the course of the week, enough to power a Volt to drive 60 km (37 miles), according to the company.
The whole endeavour itself was meant to draw attention to GM’s Canadian Engineering Center in Oshawa, Ontario, which is located roughly 45-minutes from the festivities located in the heart of the city.
“We wanted to use our Power of Play demonstration not only to offer a fun, interactive way for fans to have their own friendly competition, but also to put our technology in the record books,” said Hossein Hassani, Director Enterprise Marketing for General Motors of Canada.