EV expedition reaches South Pole


Husband and wife adventurers Chris and Julie Ramseyhave completed their all-electric journey from the North Pole to Antarctica in a Nissan Ariya EV.

Their 10-month, 30,000 km adventure that started on the frozen Arctic Sea at the 1823 Magnetic North Pole, has seen them drive the varied terrains and conditions of North, Central and South America before carefully traversing the most remote continent on the planet, to reach the South Pole.

This is the first time any car, let alone an EV, has completed such a journey.

Across long distances and challenging off-road terrains, the all-electric expedition vehicle, a Nissan Ariya with e-4orce all-wheel control, has passed the toughest tests at extreme temperatures and high altitudes.

The vehicle factory-standard with no modifications to the powertrain or battery was modified by polar mobility specialists Arctic Trucks, to accommodate 39-inch BF Goodrich tires.

Chris and Julie, who live in Aberdeenshire, began planning Pole to Pole in 2017 after completing the Mongol Rally in their Nissan Leaf, the first time an EV had been used to tackle the 10,000-km challenge.

Julie said: This has been an incredible journey, with the people we’ve met, the friends we’ve made and the support we’ve received.

Pole to Pole started out as just Chris and I, but the expedition team is now made of up of thousands of kind, forward-thinking people. These supporters and contributors want to make a difference and share the excitement of electric driving.”

Allyson Witherspoon, Corporate vice president, Nissan Global Marketing, Brand and Merchandizing, said: “It has been an extraordinary journey to follow and a point of pride for us at Nissan.


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