Electromobility is fast becoming a reality. In fact, every seventh car produced today is operating on a form of electrification. Demonstrating the power and convenience of an electric vehicle (EV), Volkswagen of America has teamed up with long-distance driving expert Rainer Zietlow for the VW ID.4 USA tour. Under the sponsorship of Infineon, Zietlow and his team have attained a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title. The record was set for the longest journey by an electric vehicle in a single country, crossing 35,840.67 miles between July 13, 2021 to October 18, 2021. The drive route also incorporated five Infineon sites, including Livonia, MI; San Jose, CA; El Segundo, CA; Austin, TX; and Washington D.C.
The VW ID.4 contains more than 50 Infineon semiconductors, including power semiconductors, microcontrollers and driver ICs. At the heart of the electric drivetrain is a power module from the HybridPACK™ Drive product family for the conversion of energy between the battery and motor. Looking beyond the car, semiconductors from Infineon also play an important role in the electric charging infrastructure and enable faster charging.