All-electric Volkswagen ID.4 sets a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous EV trip in one country.
The all-electric crossover completed about 35,000-mile trip across the contiguous United States in 97 days.
The driver and photographer visited 628 VW dealerships scattered around 48 contiguous states in the process.
Behind the wheel is Rainer Zietlow, accompanied by photographer Derek Collins, who spent 97 days on the road and visited 628 VW dealerships scattered around 48 contiguous states in the process.
“It was great being able to share my experiences with the ID.4 with so many different people, including dealership staff, along the way,” said Zietlow.
“Breaking the record is not only a testament to the reliability of the ID.4, but also to the actual readiness of the nation’s charging infrastructure.”
Long-distance driver Rainer Zietlow and Derek Collins bypassed the previous record of 25,493.09 km (15,840.67 miles) set in 2019 by more than double.
The tour took off from Herndon, Virginia, with a mission to visit more than 600 Volkswagen dealers in the all-electric ID.4, which is VW’s first long-range EV for the US market.
Upon their arrival at the Volkswagen Group of America headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, where the journey ended, the duo were awarded the title for the longest continuous journey by electric vehicle (non-solar) in a single country by Guinness World Records.
Zietlow and Collins relied heavily on Electrify America’s network of chargers to top up the vehicle’s battery-pack. They made a total of 208 stops at the company’s charging stations by the time the tour ended.
“Congratulations to Rainer and Derek for setting a new world record,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America.
“Their achievement is a significant recognition for the entire Volkswagen EV landscape and this tour provides further proof that the ID.4 is a very realistic and capable alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles as public EV charging stations become increasingly more available.”