With the new Winter i*cept evo 3 tyre fitted to the VW ID.3 for the “ID.3 Germany Tour” and with the tour lasting 65 days and over 28,000 kilometres across Germany, the journey, with Hankook Tires has made history. This trip marks the longest continuous journey with an electric vehicle through one single country.
The ID.3 Germany Tour Completed after 65 Days on the Road
Starting in September at Oberstdorf - a key German Winter sports location, as well as the most southern Hotel-location, organiser Rainer Zietlow and his co-driver Dominic Brüner from CHALLENGE4 GmbH, a specialist agency in global vehicle spent 65 continuous days on the road. Their journey took in the length and breadth of Germany with the motive of testing the long-distance capabilities of the Volkswagen ID.3 and the charging infrastructure across Germany, with Hankook's Winter Winter i*cept evo 3 tyre leading the way
After 28,198 kilometres, the talented twosome reached their final destination in the north of Sylt, the country’s most northern island. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, the team has set a world record for the longest continuous drive through a country in an electric vehicle. During the journey, they managed to charge the vehicle at 652 quick-charging stations and used new wall boxes installed at various Volkswagen dealerships they visited.
“We would like to congratulate Rainer Zietlow and his team on their accomplishment in these challenging times. We are very happy that our new winter tyre i*cept evo 3 was part of this amazing journey and was able to provide the performance, safety and reliability that the team needed to succeed,” said Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe.
Rare Reviews for the Hankook Ultra-High-Performance Winter i*cept Evo 3
Throughout the entire trip, Hankook's all-new Ultra-High-Performance winter tyres Winter i*cept evo 3, fitted in size 215/55 R18 99V XL, were mounted on the campaign vehicle. The new, now third, Winter i*cept evo generation features a directional tread pattern for the first time. It not only offers excellent aquaplaning safety, but also high grip on wet roads and during low temperatures. This is a particularly important feature for electric cars, since high torques are almost completely converted into propulsion. With Hankook’s Winter i*cept evo 3, the team was well prepared for the onset of winter and to visit every corner of Germany, with the new Ultra-High-Performance winter tyre receiving rare reviews, with Europe's leading automotive magazine, Auto Bild giving the highest mark of “Exemplary” from the independent performance test they undertook.
"The strain on the tyres for an electric vehicle like the sporty VW ID.3, particularly in its highest level is immense," explains Rainer Zietlow. "The new Hankook winter tyre always provided the necessary grip throughout the entire trip, despite the very spontaneous and sporty high torque, even in the prevailing wet and cold weather. As a result, we had great confidence in the performance of our vehicle at all times.
Tyre maker Hankook has steadily increased its presence in the tyre segment for electric vehicles through forward-looking investments in R&D and the use of leading technology. For example, the company recently announced that, in addition to supplying other leading electric car manufacturers, it is equipping the new electric sports car Porsche Taycan with its Ventus S1 evo 3 ev tyre. Furthermore, the company has just been confirmed as the exclusive tyre supplier for the “ABB FIA Formula E World Series” from the 2022/23 season onwards, where the new, fully electric, third-generation racing cars will compete around the world in their own FIA World Championship.