A new Guinness World Record title for the highest altitude achieved in an electric car has been set by Rainer Zietlow and his Challenge4 team using a Volkswagen ID.4 GTX.
On May 18, 2022 Zietlow drove to the top of Bolivia’s Uturuncu volcano, 5,816 meters above sea level, breaking the previous record set in 2020 by about 45 meters of altitude (5,771 m). The team was awarded with the official Guinness World Records certificate in La Paz, Bolivia on May 23.
The team driving the record setting Volkswagen ID.4 used the Enel X Way wall box network to recharge throughout its route from Argentina to the base camp in Bolivia. In total, Zietlow and his team drove 3,039 km (1,888 miles) through South America on twenty-three charges.
According to Zietlow, who’s successful climb marked his fifth Guinness World Record, the aim of the South American journey was to demonstrate that EVs can perform everywhere, even at extreme altitudes.
The Challenge4 team documented the entire journey in blog posts, images, and video. Here’s some footage of record day in the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX:
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