The WAVE history
The first WAVE took place in September 2011, when 25 electric vehicles travelled from Paris via the Swiss Alps to Prague in the Czech Republic in two weeks. They stopped in 40 cities along the way, inspring city mayors and the public for clean vehicle technologies.
The second WAVE took place in September 2012, and 18 electric vehicles signed up to travel from Genova (Italy) to Amsterdam (NL). For the first time, the WAVE visited schools and inspired children as well as adults and companies.
In the same year, also an E-Bike WAVE was organized between Berlin an Hannover (Germany). 120 E-Bikes joined to this two-day event to show that electric bikes are a great way to get around the cities, without pollution, without too much physical efforts and at very low costs.
In 2013, the length of the WAVE was reduced to one week, and 35 teams signed up. The route covered 1600 km, and the vehicles had to cross the Alps from East to West, from Vienna to Zürich. Highlight was the crossing of the Grossglockner pass, with more than 2600 m ASL.
The WAVE 2014 started in Stuttgart, Germany, and 75 vehicles toured across Bavaria and southern Switzerland to Mt. Rigi near Lucerne, Switzerland. At the start at Daimler's in Stuttgart, the WAVE set up a new Guinness world record for the world's largest electric vehicle parade, with 481 vehicles, creating the shape of a heart with all vehicles.
This was the longest WAVE ever, coverinng 2800 km in 8 days, including a "kings's stage" between Berlin and Berne, where the vehicles had to cover 1000 km in 36 hours. 90 vehicles, including 3 electric bicycles, participated, and the WAVE visited 40 schools in Switzerland. It's the world's largest E-mobility road show.
November 2015, announcing
WAVE.EARTH climate campaign
At the climate march in Zürich, just before the United Nations Climate Change in Paris started, Louis Palmer announced that, starting in 2016, the WAVE will also become a worldwide climate change campaign. Read the blog to see the recent history, how the WAVE is developping since then.
WAVE World Record Parade 2015
At the formula-E race in Berlin-Tempelhof, the WAVE gathered 576 electric vehicles and set up a new Guinness world record for the largest electric vehicle parade.