A Volkswagen ID4 with a modified sports chassis has set the Guinness World Record for the highest altitude reached by an electric passenger car.
The ID4 is an all-electric sports utility vehicle from Volkswagen that entered production in 2021. Volkswagen wanted to build an electric car for the masses and even developed a sports car to meet the needs of ID4 customers.
LG Energy Solutions batteries powered the successful attempt at the highest altitude achieved by an electric vehicle.
LG Energy Solution made history when world record driver Rainer Zietlow set another world record with an LGES battery-powered electric car. Zietlow and his Challenge4 team drove to the dormant Uturuncu volcano in Bolivia. The team reached an altitude of 5,816 meters, setting a new Guinness World Record title for the highest altitude reached by an electric vehicle.
The team’s chosen vehicle, the Volkswagen ID4 GTX, is powered by LGES batteries and modules that take advantage of high energy density for long-distance driving, high-speed charging and even high-altitude driving.
Zietlow and his team managed to break the previous record on May 18 and earned an official Guinness World Record certificate by driving a Volkswagen ID4 from the United States to La Paz, Bolivia, on May 23.
Zietlow covered that distance in 12 days, and the car relied on the Enel X Way network for its charging needs. He covered a distance of 3,039 metres or 1,888 miles on 23 charges.
In recent years, Lucid Motors’ Lucid Air has emerged as a major challenger to Tesla.
Lucid Motors is changing the roles of two executives as the company grapples with ongoing quality issues that have hampered production.
The NHTSA recall notice says, “The display wiring harness may not be secured properly, which can disable the display screens. Disabled display screens will not show critical information, such as the speedometer, gear selection indicators, and warning lights, which can increase the risk of a crash.”
“As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 101, ‘Control and Displays,’” the notice continues.
Auto dealers will “inspect and protect” the cables free of charge, the notice said. Letters will be sent out on June 20, formally notifying Lucid Air owners of the recall. The company says the issue affects only 1 percent of Lucid Air vehicles.
Peter Hochholdinger, Lucid’s VP of manufacturing, Audi veteran and former Tesla VP of production, will no longer oversee build quality. Vice President of Global Quality Nicolas Minbiole will now oversee quality across manufacturing, suppliers and packaging to address ongoing supply and production issues.
Lucid Motors has emailed some customers who have already received Lucid Air electric vehicles about the new recall. This is specific to the Glass Cockpit Dashboard Ethernet harness. Lucid Motors said the harness may not be properly seated. This appears to affect both the Dream Edition and Grand Touring models, but the actual number of models affected is hard to say. The NHTSA website states that the number of potential units affected is 1,117.
Problems like this are just a side effect of the increasingly high-tech systems in modern cars,” the website said. “The old analog driver information systems are a thing of the past, everything is displayed on digital screens. Even a car like the Lucid Air that doesn’t fall into the trap of cramming everything into a central touchscreen has to accept the fact that things can and do go wrong. Lucid had another recall in February. Last August, Motor Trend unveiled the 2022 Lucid Air Dream car, calling it an “absolute mic drop.”
Chinese battery giant CATL said on Friday it will supply BMW with cylindrical batteries to power its new range of electric vehicles starting in 2025. CATL said the battery maker had signed an agreement with BMW to nominate it as a cylindrical battery supplier for the German automaker.
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