World record

All-electric up to 5,816 meters in altitude

2. Juni 2022, 17:54 Uhr | Irina Hübner
Weltrekord: Rainer Zietlow hat die weltweit höchste, noch befahrbare Minenstraße am Vulkan Uturuncu in Bolivien ausschließlich mit elektrischer Antriebskraft erklommen.
Way up high: Rainer Zietlow climbed the world's highest, still passable mine road on the Uturuncu volcano in Bolivia using only electric traction.
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Professional driver Rainer Zietlow is proving the staying power of e-cars, and not for the first time. This time, he set his sights on the world's highest, still passable mine road at the Uturuncu volcano in Bolivia in a Volkswagen ID.4 GTX and secured a Guinness World Record.

After driving more than 57,000 kilometers through the USA last year, Rainer Zietlow was now aiming high: In 2021, the professional driver completed the longest journey in an electric vehicle in a single country, beating the Guinness World Record at the time. Now he has ventured another record attempt with the VW ID.4 GTX. The goal: to climb the world's highest, still passable mine road at the Uturuncu volcano in Bolivia using only electric motive power. He managed the 5,816 meters in altitude and thus achieved another Guinness World Record.»Our goal was to show that electromobility is also capable of peak performance at extreme altitudes,« Zietlow reports. That's exactly what he was able to prove on his e-mobility climbing tour. With the ID.4 GTX, he conquered the volcano in southern Bolivia to just a few meters below the summit - an adventure in thin air on sandy and rocky slopes, and a world record.

A wallbox network to the base camp

On the journey to base camp through Argentina and Bolivia, Zietlow was able to rely on Enel X Way's wallbox network, which was installed along the route at intervals of 300 kilometers each way. Originally, these charging stations were provided in 2020 for the TV documentary series »The Long Way Up«, for which actor Ewan McGregor traveled exclusively by electric motorcycle.

In der Deutschen Botschaft in La Paz erhielt Rainer Zietlow die Guiness-Weltrekordurkunde.
In the German Embassy in La Paz, Rainer Zietlow received the Guinness World Record Certificate.
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Support from Harting

Back in Bolivia's seat of government La Paz, Rainer Zietlow was presented with the Guinness World Record certificate by a Guinness representative at the German Embassy there. The challenge was actively supported by Harting, since the technology group is VW's Tier 1 supplier of charging cables and the original equipment manufacturer of on-board charging cables.

Marco Grinblats, Managing Director at Harting Automotive, congratulates: »Congratulations to Rainer Zietlow for this great success. We are delighted with him and his team on this further Guinness World Record. This has once again sent an important signal and raised awareness of the fight against climate change.«

Official website for the campaign.

More information and pictures can be found on the official website for the campaign

By the way, Rainer Zietlow supports the SOS Children's Village in La Paz with his world record drive.

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