At the end of September 2020, Rainer Zietlow, the German world record driver, and his co-driver Dominic Brüner set off on a marathon tour through Germany. For two months, they drove an all-electric VW ID.3 to almost every corner of Germany. The list of stops included not only all German charging stations over 60 kW (about 650 at the time). All of Germany’s approximately 830 authorized Volkswagen dealers were also visited, and each visit was documented with a photo.
The vehicle, a Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S1 had a battery capacity of 77 kWh (net). Without a breakdown and without any technical difficulties, Rainer Zietlow and his co-driver covered the total distance of 28,198 kilometers. This proved the long-distance capability of the new Volkswagen ID.3 and Volkswagen’s We Charge charging service.
The marathon journey lasted 65 days and led from Oberstdorf, the southernmost town in Germany, across Germany. It finally ended at the country’s northernmost parking lot, west of the municipality of List on the island of Sylt, where a representative of Rekord-Institut für Deutschland (Record Institute for Germany) presented the two drivers with an official record certificate.
The Institute for Transport Logistics (ITL) at the Technical University of Dortmund played a major role in planning the route. Students from the Hochschule der MedienUniversity of Applied Science (HdM) documented the route with daily texts, photos and videos.