British adventurers husband and wife team, Chris and Julie Ramsey, are set to become the first people to drive from the 1823 Magnetic North Pole to the South Pole and will be undertaking the journey in an all-electric vehicle.
Departing in March 2023, the Ramseys will travel over 17,000 miles spanning 14 countries from the Arctic through to North, Central and South America, before finally 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.
Chris and Julie and their team have been preparing for the expedition for over four years, which also welcomes Nissan as the official vehicle partner of the unprecedented Pole to Pole expedition.
The exciting new partnership with the Japanese automaker will see the team explore the world’s most extreme yet beautiful terrains in the all-new Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE. With predicted temperatures ranging from -30⁰C to 30⁰C, the daring venture will demonstrate just how powerful, fun and thrilling electric vehicles can be.
In preparation for the brutal Arctic and Antarctic conditions, the Ramseys' expedition Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE will be modified and equipped by Arctic Trucks, a renowned specialist in polar vehicles. They will also provide logistical support and expertise to help plan a safe and accessible route through the most remote and hostile environments on Earth.
Emil Grimsson, Chairman of Arctic Trucks, said: “For over 20 years we have specialised in providing logistical support, engineering expertise and expedition planning for projects in both Polar Regions. This will be one of the most ambitious missions that we’ve worked on, but demonstrating the success of electric vehicles in these extreme climates will be crucial to replacing the fleet of combustion engine vehicles that work in these regions with clean alternatives.”
While much of the attention will rightly be on the polar regions, the team will face numerous challenges crossing Arctic sea ice and traversing the Americas. The myriad of harsh environments is sure to prove tough, from torrential rain, mud and soaring temperatures at the equator to the windswept altitude of the Andes.
Chris Ramsey, Founder of Pole to Pole Expedition, said: “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 can meet the demands of drivers around the world, and encourage the switch to zero-emissions transport. To that end, we are thrilled that Nissan has joined the expedition. As a long-term Nissan LEAF owner and driver, I’m eager to get behind the wheel of my Ariya and put it to the ultimate test on this incredible 17,000-mile journey."
It is fantastic to see such an important global brand get behind Pole to Pole and its fundamental purpose – a better world for us all through smarter, more sustainable mobility.
New adventures in unfamiliar lands will become the team’s daily reality. The Ramseys and their expedition crew will encounter many cultures and communities along the globe-spanning drive, investigating solutions for sustainability issues, from polar melting to habitat loss and the environmental threats posed by the climate crisis.
The expedition is also working with industry leaders to adapt existing cutting edge wind and solar technology to charge their all-electric Ariya in the polar regions and turning their campsite into a portable micro-grid.
The focus of the expedition is to raise international awareness of the climate crisis and electric vehicle capability, but Chris and Julie and the team will also get involved with local projects along the way, including visiting a school that teaches children about renewable energy, and venturing into the Ecuadorian Amazon to meet a local tribe who protected their ancestral home.
This is not the first electric expedition for the Ramseys, who has been adventuring in electric vehicles for over a decade. In 2017 Chris and Julie became the first team to complete the Mongol Rally in an all-electric vehicle. The pair travelled over 10,000 miles through 20 countries in 56 days, driving from the UK to Siberia behind the wheel of their Nissan LEAF.
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