Rainer Zietlow with his ID.3 in front of a mountain panorama

A 20,000-kilometre tour of Germany in the ID.3

A 20,000-kilometre tour of Germany in the ID.3

20,000 kilometres criss-crossing Germany: when long-distance driver Rainer Zietlow gets into the car professionally, he’s not usually home for dinner. On his current marathon trip, the record driver is putting the fully electric long-distance qualities of the ID.3 to the test, as well as asking whether Germany is ready for electric mobility*.

* Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 14.1–-13.5; CO2 emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+

The ID.3 heralds a new era of Volkswagen electric mobility on the road. And the question thus also arises as to what extent fully electric mobility is compatible with everyday use on German roads. After all, the increasing range of electric models available means that the charging infrastructure also needs to grow in tandem. Together with his co-driver, Dominic Brüner, the long-distance specialist and world record holder Rainer Zietlow undertakes the ultimate practical test. 

Efficiently through as many corners of Germany as possible

He will travel through Germany for over two months in the ID.3 Pro S with 77 kWh of net battery energy content (power consumption in kWh/100 km: 14.1-13.5; CO2 emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+) and a range of up to 549 km (WLTP*). More precisely: from the southernmost hotel close to Oberstdorf to the northernmost car park at List on Sylt, where his journey will finish at the end of November. To find out whether the length and breadth of Germany is fully prepared for electric mobility, the Institute for Transport Logistics (ITL) at the Technical University of Dortmund has calculated the most efficient route through as many far-flung corners of the country as possible. And the journey is 20,000 kilometres long. On his journey, he will recharge the vehicle almost exclusively with environmentally-friendly green electricity. He will also use the Volkswagen We ChargeOpens an external link charging services for simple and easy access to the 650 or so public quick-charging stations. Read a documentary account of the 20,000-kilometre journey, with which Rainer Zietlow is also supporting the charitable SOS Children's Village in Bernburg an der Saale, at www.id3-deutschlandtour.com/Opens an external link.

* The range was determined on the rolling road test bed according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), using the specification variant of the ID.3 Pro S most favourable in terms of range, with 77 kWh net battery energy content. The actual WLTP range values can deviate depending on the equipment fitted. The actual range achieved under real conditions varies according to the driving style, speed, use of comfort features or auxiliary equipment, ambient temperature, number of passengers/load, and topography.