Volkswagen Proves You Can Road Trip An EV

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It set a Guinness World Record to prove it.

After being awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and tackling the Rebelle Rally, the Volkswagen ID.4's list of achievements keeps on growing. Long-distance driver Rainer Zietlow and photographer Derek Collins have been touring the ID.4 across the US. After covering more than 35,000 miles, the ID.4's tour concluded at VW's US headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.

With the tour completed, the Volkswagen ID.4 set a new Guinness World Record for the "longest continuous journey by electric vehicle (non-solar) in a single country," proving that you can take an extended road trip in an EV. Impressively, the ID.4 beat the previous record by more than double.

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"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."

The record-setting tour began almost 100 days ago, with the aim to visit more than 600 Volkswagen dealers in America. In total, the duo visited 628 Volkswagen dealers across all 48 states, covering more than 35,000 miles. During the tour, the team made a total of 208 stops at Electrify America charging stations. With more than 650 charging stations and over 2,800 individual DC fast chargers installed, Electrify America is the country's largest DC fast-charging network.

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By the end of 2025, Electrify America aims to have over 1,800 charging stations with over 10,000 chargers in the US and Canada. VW didn't say which version of the ID.4 achieved the world record, but we presume it was the more efficient RWD version, which has an EPA-rated range of 260 miles.

"Congratulations to Rainer and Derek for setting a new world record," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at 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."

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