An electric Nissan Ariya has been driven successfully from the North Pole to the South Pole – a distance of around 21,000 miles, and the first successful pole-to-pole drive in an EV – or in any car.
The Ariya, with e-4ORCE all-wheel drive, retained its standard body and powertrain but was modified with 39-inch BF Goodrich tyres and raised suspension by Arctic Trucks.
Driven by husband and wife adventurers Chris and Julie Ramsey, the journey started 10 months earlier on the frozen Arctic Sea at the Magnetic North Pole, with the route taking them through varied on and off-road terrain in North, Central and South America and on to Antarctica.
A well-developed charging infrastructure doesn’t exist on the 21,000-mile route, but the Ariya still managed to reach the South Pole – with a bit of help from hybrid charging solutions including a generator and inverter with solar panels.
Commenting on the achievement, Chris and Julie said “Trust your crazy idea – we are testament that dreams can come true if you work hard enough and never give up.
“We hope to have inspired and educated many of you on the truths of electric mobility and debunked the common myths out there still surrounding EVs. EVs are capable, they are fun and exciting to drive, they are reliable and resilient, and more importantly kinder to our planet. Thank you again to everyone who has supported us. We could not have done this alone. Teamwork from so many of you has made this a success. Never be afraid to push the boundaries.”
In an Instagram post at the 88 degree point – 2,810 metres above sea level, but in climate terms more like 3,500 metres – Chris and Julie say that it was minus 29 degrees C (but with wind chill it felt a lot colder), yet the electric Ariya started up effortlessly each time.
Chris and Julie have undertaken crazy adventures before, including completing the Mongol Rally in a Nissan LEAF – the first time an EV had been used to tackle the 6,200-mile challenge.
Find out more about the Pole to Pole adventure on Instagram @PoletoPoleEV.