Couple begins EV expedition with Nissan Ariya from North Pole to South Pole

Possibly the most interesting EV expedition ever, a jacked-up Nissan Ariya has begun its over 27,000 km journey from the North Pole all the way down to the South Pole. The “Pole to Pole” Nissan Ariya is driven by Chris and Julie Ramsey, a husband-and-wife team of EV adventurers.

The 27,000 km journey has never been attempted by any car even a fully internal combustion engine (ICE) one. The expedition that the Ramseys are embarking on aims to showcase just how capable and exciting electric vehicles (EVs) are, with the hope to accelerate their adoption as a positive action against the climate crisis.

One look at the images will suggest that the Nissan Area driven by the husband-and-wife team is not a factory standard version. It has received minor modifications to enable the car to traverse through the tough terrains. Most notably, the suspension has been lifted and wheel arches extended to accommodate huge 39-inch tires that will help the car ‘float’ on deep snow and sea ice.

All else, no modifications were made to the Nissan Ariya’s battery and powertrain, which remain standard. The e-4ORCE system, which is Nissan’s advanced electric all-wheel-control technology, has also not been meddled with.

In its all-wheel drive large battery configuration, the Nissan Ariya houses an 87-kWh battery pack that provides just under 600 km of range (WLTP). The dual-motor setup provides 394 hp and 600 Nm. With fast charging, the Nissan Ariya takes 30 minutes to regain 400 km of range.

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The Ariya shown towing a trailer carrying an extendable wind turbine and foldable solar panels

The “Pole to Pole” Nissan Ariya will tow an innovative renewable energy unit, which includes an extendable wind turbine and foldable solar panels. The prototype will take advantage of the expected high winds and long daylight hours, harnessing the natural energy to charge the Ariya’s battery. A coffee machine has also been integrated into this adventure-ready Nissan Ariya to maintain driver focus and awareness.

Chris Ramsey said, “After four years of planning and hard work, we’re so excited to officially get Pole to Pole underway. Julie and I have done several EV adventures over the past 10 years but Pole to Pole is definitely our biggest and most exciting challenge.”

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“We’ve had to think differently, be innovative, and collaborate with like-minded partners to make this expedition a reality. Our expedition Ariya is fun to drive and performed well over the 5,000 km journey to get to this starting point. It gives us the confidence we can tackle every driving scenario we’ll face in the coming months.”

Juley Ramsey adds, “We’re excited to share our adventure with you and shine a light on the amazing people, communities and projects along the way that is making a positive difference to the climate crisis. We’d love for everyone to be part of Pole to Pole, so please follow and get involved in the adventure on our social channels.”

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