Successful e-Mobility Road Trip Over Huge Distance

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The Volkswagen ID.4 EV travelled across the length and breadth of the USA, achieving a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in the process

After 97 days and 56,000 kilometres, the Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV finally came to a stop at the Volkswagen headquarters in Herndon, USA. Driven by a team comprising Rainer Zietlow, professional long-distance driver and founder of the event agency Challenge4, and photographer Derek Collins, the electric vehicle (EV) went through 48 states in the USA in order to prove the endurance of EVs.

“The record not only documents the reliability of the ID.4, but also to the actual readiness status of the charging infrastructure in the US,” comments Rainer Zietlow on the success.

The challenge was supported by the HARTING Technology Group, underlining its commitment to sustainability and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

“We know that one of the biggest barriers to switching to electric vehicles is the concern that there will not be enough charging stations available or that the vehicles themselves are not suitable for long-distance journeys. We’re here to prove that an electric vehicle is a decidedly viable solution, whether you’re only driving short distances or off on a road trip across the country. The technology is there. The infrastructure is in place,” said Jon DeSouza, Managing Director HARTING Americas.

“We need strong statements like this to advance electromobility even further. Congratulations to the whole team. We are looking forward to future opportunities to demonstrate the performance of our e-mobility solutions,” said Marco Grinblats, Managing Director of HARTING Automotive GmbH.


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