SEOUL -- A Volkswagen vehicle installed with a high-capacity and high-performance battery from LG Energy Solution, a major battery maker in South Korea, has set a new Guinness record as the world's highest driving electric vehicle which was tested in rough terrains in a dormant volcano in Bolivia.
Volkswagen's new top-of-the-range model, ID.4 GTX, has successfully completed its mission to drive Mount Uturuncu in the Sur Lípez Province of Bolivia on May 18. The mountain is 6,008 meters high and has two summit peaks. LG Energy Solution (LGES) said that the vehicle powered by a battery of 77 kilowatts per hour can run about 480km (300 miles) on a single charge.
Batteries with durability and safety to maintain high performance even in extreme situations are essential when driving in highlands. LGES said the mission was carried out by the CHALLENGE4 team founded by Rainer Zietlow, a German long-distance driver, to prove the safety and performance of electric vehicles and increase consumer confidence.
LGES said that the new Guinness record showed the excellent performance of its batteries even in harsh environments. LGES and Volkswagen have jointly developed a modular platform for electric vehicles, "Modular E-Antriebs Bauskasten (MEB)," in an effort to realize high-performance batteries through optimization. Volkswagen has unveiled a massive push to reduce the cost of producing batteries and eventually switch to solid-state technology.
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