97 days · 57.000 km · 628 VW Dealers
On July 13, 2021, world record holder and owner of Challenge4.de, Rainer Zietlow, started with cameraman Derek Collins at Volkswagen headquarters in Herndon, VA. It was the start of a nearly 100-day epic road trip across the U.S. in the just-launched all-electric VW ID.4 vehicle with its 77kWh (net) battery capacity.
The route took them counterclockwise through each of the 48 continental U.S. states. From the East Coast to the Midwest to the West Coast and back to the starting point in Herndon, VA, Rainer Zietlow and his co-pilot visited 628 Volkswagen dealers along their route. To charge the VW ID.4, the team primarily used charging stations by Electrify America, charging at a total of 208 Electrify America stations.
Finally, on October 18, 2021, the VW ID.4 USA Tour team set a new Guinness World Records™ record by driving 35,770 miles (57,566 km) continuously in one country in an electric car, more than doubling the old record. The Guinness World Records™ certificate was presented by an official GWR representative in Washington, DC.
As with each of his tours, Rainer Zietlow supported the international charity SOS Children's Village by donating 10 US cents per mile driven to the SOS Children's Village in Coconut Creek, FL.