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Hankook Tire Canada sets world record on iON evo AS tires

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Rainer Zietlow completes the longest journey made by an electric vehicle in Canada with support from Hankook Tire Canada and Volkswagen.

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BRAMPTON — Professional driver, Rainer Zietlow and his team, have successfully completed the ‘Volkswagen ID.4 Canada Tour’ challenge and set a new Guinness World Record on the all-electric Hankook iON evo AS tires.

Rainer Zietlow, along with his photographer, Elric Popp started the ride on July 25 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Easternmost point of the Canadian Highway 1. On July 31, they arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, located at the Westernmost point of the Canadian Highway 1 to achieve a record for the fewest charge stops across Canada by an electric vehicle.

”The drive across Canada provided unique challenges due to the varying terrain from coast to coast, the Hankook iON evo AS EV tires performed equally well in dry and wet driving conditions and provided the necessary rolling resistance throughout the Challenge, which was imperative to the success and efficiency of this tour,” said Zietlow.

The duo travelled cross country in the Volkswagen ID.4 made possible by Hankook’s new EV- iON evo AS. The iON’s compound formula, composed of high-concentration silica and eco-friendly materials, evenly spreads road pressure to extend tire life and enhance battery life.

Electric vehicles tend to weigh more than ICE vehicles, which is caused by the considerable weight of the drive batteries. To combat this, the iON evo AS contains ‘EV Contour Technology’ which increases lateral rigidity by 25 per cent, and cornering rigidity by 20 per cent compared to all-season touring tires for ICEs, to advance electric vehicle grip and smooth tire performance.

“This record-breaking journey is a true testament to the capabilities of the iON tires and supports the advancement, optimization and awareness of the growing EV tire industry,” said Sungil Jun, President at Hankook Tire Canada. “The new iON evo AS enhances the efficiency and performance of EVs for Canadian drivers while continuing to provide a dynamic driving experience consumers have become used to with Hankook Tires. ”

Rainer will visit Volkswagen dealers and Hankook retailers in Canada to present the record certificate and support the launch of the ID.4 and iON evo AS in Canada.

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