Today, Scottish adventurers Chris and Julie Ramsey have announced the successful conclusion of their groundbreaking nine-month, 17,000-mile expedition known as “Pole To Pole EV.”
They have achieved a historic milestone by completing the world’s first drive from the 1823 Magnetic North Pole to the South Pole, utilizing a specially modified Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE electric vehicle provided by Icelandic specialist Arctic Trucks.
The vehicle, fitted with larger tires and ice-friendly equipment, experienced a reduced range of 150 to 200 miles due to these necessary modifications. To overcome challenges in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, the duo implemented innovative techniques to keep the battery warm, such as constructing snow walls and utilizing a dedicated tent.
During their journey, they utilized a combination of a 5kW wind turbine, a prototype solar hybrid charging solution, and a petrol generator for power. This approach aimed to showcase the feasibility of electric vehicles in polar expeditions.
Collaborating with Enel X Way, the Ramseys successfully installed chargers in Central and South America, enhancing the viability of their journey and contributing to the development of an extended electric Pan-American charging corridor.
Noteworthy is the fact that this isn’t the first electric vehicle accomplishment for the Ramseys. In 2017, they completed the Mongol Rally in a modified Nissan Leaf Acenta, highlighting the evolution of charging infrastructure along their route.