How does a modern electric vehicle perform on long road trips? The record-setting driver from Mannheim, Rainer Zietlow, and his co-driver Dominic Brüner are carrying out the road test on a two-month trip through Germany. They are testing the long-distance qualities of the new Volkswagen ID.3 as well as the country’s infrastructure on their marathon trip. The two are driving a pre-production model of the ID.3 Pro S with a 77 kWh net battery capacity. The battery offers a range of up to 549 km in a WLTP cycle and will be brought to market in spring 2021.
After more than 14,000 kilometres driven, the half-time scorecard paints a very positive picture: the maximum charging capacity of 125 kilowatts can be used from most of the more than 350 fast charging stations tested to date, offered by a variety of providers. Volkswagen’s We Charge payment system provides cross-brand access.
“We’re getting a lot of curious looks and are often spoken to by interested onlookers, especially at the fast-charging stations,” says Rainer Zietlow, looking back at the first 350 stops he has made.
Zietlow intends to find out how day-to-day electric living will function in big cities such as Frankfurt and Dresden, as well as out in the country. “For example, it’s interesting to see that we are using the least energy in city traffic, of all places, where combustion engines of conventional cars consume the most fuel. In our ID.3 this is 15 kWh for every 100 km. Depending on the provider, this is equivalent to electricity costs of about four euros. On average, we’re using just under 20 kWh.” Even though the focus of the marathon driver duo is mostly on making their way from one fast-charging station to the next according to the tour plan set out by the Institute for Transport Logistics at the Dortmund Technical University, the team does get some time to stretch legs. “On one of the transfer days, we drove 420 km in one stretch without stopping to charge.”
Zietlow and Brüner want to reach their tour destination of Sylt by the beginning of December, after more than 20,000 km and some 650 charging stations tested.