From Argentina to Alaska with CNG
The second part of the global long-distance drive in a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi EcoFuel went along the most famous and longest road of the world, the Pan-American Highway, also known as the Panamericana. Rainer Zietlow and photographer and cameraman Marius Biela crossed the American continents from Argentina to Alaska, covering a distance of 35,000 kilometers.
The classic route was deviated from in part as the network of natural gas filling stations in southern Brazil and the eastern United States was significantly better than along the original route. The CNG driven Volkswagen started at the southernmost CNG station of the continent in Rio Grande on January 2, 2010, and reached its destination of Deadhorse on April 2, 2010.
The impervious Darien jungle between Columbia and Panama was bypassed with a container ship. The CNG supply was always good, as the Caddy Maxi EcoFuel was able to cover a range of nearly 3,000 kilometers. Private filling stations, for example for forklifts, were contacted in advance.
Special highlights of the extreme CNG tour were the drive over the "Death Road" in Bolivia, a pressure refueling in Oklahoma with 250 bars and the drive through Alaska at -35 °C.
Rainer Zietlow donated 10 cents for every kilometer driven to an SOS Children´s Village in Bogota and visited it in person.