An electric Nissan Ariya will be driven from the North Pole to the South Pole by Scottish adventurer, Chris Ramsey – the first time such a challenge has been attempted in an electric vehicle – or in any type of vehicle.
Departing in March 2023, the Pole to Pole expedition will see Ramsey and team in a Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE travel over 27,000 kilometres across several regions and continents with predicted temperatures ranging from -30⁰C to 30⁰C. Ramsey will be the first person to drive from pole to pole in a vehicle of any type as he makes his way from the Arctic through North, Central and South America, before crossing to Antarctica.
The expedition will raise awareness of the climate crisis and the critical role electric vehicles can play in reducing our carbon footprint.
This challenge supports Nissan Ambition 2030, the company’s long-term vision to empower mobility and beyond with electrification as a central focus. Nissan says that its vision aims to deliver exciting vehicles and technologies that empower customer journeys and society.
In preparation for the freezing Arctic and Antarctic conditions, Ramsey’s expedition Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE will be modified with a custom rugged exterior fit for the trek across extreme terrain with upgraded wheels, tyres and suspension. A second, unmodified Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE will act as a support vehicle throughout the Americas.
e-4ORCE is Nissan’s all-wheel control technology that accurately manages power output and braking performance for smoothness and stability. The system enhances driver confidence by tracing the intended driving line over a variety of road surfaces, including wet and snowy roads, without the need for changes in driving style or input.
This isn’t the first all-electric expedition for Chris Ramsey. He’s been adventuring in electric vehicles for over a decade. In 2017, he and wife, Julie, became the first team to complete the Mongol Rally in an all-electric vehicle. The pair travelled over 16,000 kilometres through multiple locales over 56 days in his own Nissan LEAF.
Back in 2015, Chris tackled the 1,625-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again in a Nissan Leaf 24kWh, completing the journey in two days using only publicly available and free EV charging points.
Chris Ramsey, founder of Pole to Pole, commented: “Our mission is to show that electric vehicles can tackle the harshest of environments – from the bitter cold of the poles to the hot and humid jungles of South America, and illustrate that they are exhilarating to drive whilst meeting the daily demands of drivers around the world. It’s fantastic to see such an important and innovative global brand partner with our expedition.”
To find out more about the Pole to Pole expedition, visit www.poletopoleev.com, Instagram: @PoletoPoleEV, Twitter: @PoletoPoleEV.