Volkswagen Canada Celebrates Guinness World Record for fewest charges with ID.4 EV

- Advertisement -

After his 7,133 km journey across Canada, Adventure Specialist Rainer Zietlow makes his triumphant

return to Volkswagen headquarters

AJAX, ON, Aug. 17, 2023 /CNW/ – On August 16, adventure driver, Rainer Zietlow celebrated his newly achieved Guinness World Record for crossing Canada with the fewest charges of an electric vehicle at a special celebration with employees at Volkswagen Canada Headquarters.

Ajax, ON - Rainer Zietlow and Pierre Boutin, President and CEO of Volkswagen Canada and Volkswagen employees celebrate Rainer's ID.4 powered Guinness World Record achievement. (CNW Group/Volkswagen Canada Inc.)

Zietlow and his cameraman, Elric Popp, departed St. John’s, NL in a Volkswagen ID.4 EV on July 25, 2023, and together in their ID.4, they traversed 7,133 km over the course of seven days making just 18 charging stops along the way before concluding their journey on August 1 in Victoria, B.C.

Rainer is currently making another cross-country journey in the opposite direction of his Guinness World Record trek to stop at all 145 Volkswagen Canada dealers along the way and share the exciting details of his trip. That included a visit to Volkswagen headquarters in Ajax to celebrate with employees there.

“The Volkswagen family is thrilled to celebrate Rainer’s new Guinness World Record,” said Pierre Boutin, President and CEO of Volkswagen Canada. “Our ID.4 SUV proved to be the ideal companion for this adventure, providing the comfort, space and range necessary to tackle the thousands of kilometres separating the country’s east and west coast. We are excited that availability of the ID.4 model continues to expand so more Canadians can undertake their own electric adventures around the country.”

“It is special to celebrate this achievement with dealers and Volkswagen employees by making a second coast to coast trip across this beautiful country.” said Zietlow. “I hope it will provide Canadians with confidence in the long-distance capabilities of electric vehicles and the continuously improving charging infrastructure in Canada.”

In 2024, Volkswagen will add the ID.7 sedan and ID.Buzz to its lineup, broadening its EV portfolio as it strives to make fully-electric vehicles available to even more Canadians.

You can see details and some amazing photographs of the entire journey here:

About Volkswagen Canada:

Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario. It is the largest volume European automotive nameplate in Canada, and sells the Golf GTI, Golf R, Jetta, I.D. 4, Taos, Tiguan, Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport through 145 independent Canadian Dealers. It forms part of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and is Europe’s largest automaker.

Visit Volkswagen Canada online at

Press contact

Volkswagen Communications

Thomas Tetzlaff

Manager, Public Relations

Tel: 905-428-5858

[email protected]

SOURCE Volkswagen Canada Inc.

Disclaimer: The above press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. Agrigate Global takes no editorial responsibility for the same.