New altitude record set for electric vehicles

Three Swiss drivers managed to drive a solar-powered electric truck to an altitude of 6,500 metres in Chile, setting a new world record. Austrian logistics company Gebrüder Weiss funded and supported the entire venture.

Image: Gebrüder Weiss / Anna Pocinska

A new record has been set for electric vehicles, with a Swiss developer group driving their solar-powered electric truck to an altitude of 6,500 metres in Ohis del Salado, Chile. The team was supported by the Austrian logistics company Gebrüder Weiss, which provided financing and transport for the vehicle itself from Switzerland to Chile.

According to Gebrüder Weiss, the Peak Evolution team started at the Maricunga salt lake with the first exploratory tours and acclimatization on the mountain, at an elevation of 3,400 meters. The extreme terrain and environmental conditions of the world’s highest volcano put both the high-tech vehicle to the test, as well as putting the driver team “under extreme physical and mental strain.”

“As the oldest transport and logistics company, we are committed to the future of mobility,” says Frank Haas, Head of Corporate Brand Strategy & Communications at Gebrüder Weiss. He added: “This success underlines our ongoing support for sustainable mobility projects and innovative technologies. We are delighted for the team and will now bring the record-breaking vehicle safely back to Switzerland.”

“Despite these extreme conditions, our specially developed vehicle managed to drive higher than any other e-vehicle – let alone a solar-powered one,” added Patrik Koller, CEO, and developer at Peak Evolution. Gebrüder Weiss has more plans for the vehicle, however: “January will see a dress rehearsal of the Austrian Space Forum’s Mars mission take place at the Gebrüder Weiss site in Maria Lanzendorf near Vienna,” the company wrote.


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