It is possible that in the subconscious we are familiar with other types of records on electric cars, more especially dedicated to traveling a certain distance between each recharge or reaching a heart-stopping initial acceleration. But this is not a similar case, since here we talk about endurance at higher altitudes and, additionally, extra off-road capabilitiessince the Volkswagen iD.4 GTX that illustrates this article has achieved its Guinness record for reaching a maximum altitude of 5,816 meters.
In the case of cars with a combustion engine, something very similar to humans happens -saving distances- since the higher the altitude, the lower the amount of air and, therefore, this directly leads to greater difficulty in continuing with his departure. However, electric vehicles do not require such pronounced ventilation and, for these cases, they are more suitable companions, as long as there is some way to recharge their batteries in case they empty at high altitude.
This must have been Rainer Zietlow’s thoughts when he undertook his march to the top of the dormant Uturuncu volcano in Bolivia, at an altitude of 5,816 meters above sea level. Although this is not the first time that Rainer and his team have signed a Guinness Record since last 2021 he won the title of the longest continuous trip in an electric vehicle in a single country, he did it again with a Volkswagen ID.4.
For this occasion Zietlow has garnered the record at the controls of a Volkswagen ID.4 GTX, the most performance variant of the electric model. East It has all-wheel drive and is equipped with a 77 kWh net capacity battery, which gives it a maximum range of 340 kilometers.. However, here the main challenge was the difficult terrain, as well as the time it would take them to reach the finish point, which they reached after 4 hours and 20 minutes from their departure from La Paz, where they received their well-deserved return. certifying award for the feat carried out on May 23.
The record was documented at all times through two GPS trackers and a complete set of altimeters. This resulted in breaking the previously established mark, which was carried out in the year 2020 at an altitude of 5,771 meters.
The team reports that once at the top, descending the mountain again did not pose any major problems, neither for the vehicle itself, nor for its electric autonomy, since most of the time it traveled downhill, so energy regeneration was very optimal and hardly needed to step on the brake pedal. Once they reached the lower part of the mountain, they still had several dozen kilometers of autonomy to travel.
The victory achieved by the team in Bolivia had much to celebrate with the sponsors of the feat, which were LG Energy Solution (as main sponsor), manufacturer of the battery cells that equip the model, which are produced in Europe; and finally, also Maxion Wheels, the manufacturer of the rims, who provided some of 18 inches made of steel much lighter than conventional.