Nissan Ariya EV Departs North Pole For Antarctica

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The car will be powered partly by an extendable wind turbine and foldable solar panels.

Adventurer Chris Ramsey and his wife Julie have begun their journey from the magnetic north pole to Antarctica's south pole, a world first. Not only are the pair taking on a challenge that has never before been attempted, but they will be doing so in an electric car, specifically a lightly modified Nissan Ariya. The Ariya has been upgraded by Arctic Trucks, but the modifications are fewer than you may expect.

A suspension lift kit has been fitted and the wheel arches have been extended to accommodate 39-inch tires, but other than that, the car is essentially the same as it was when it left the Nissan factory.


To help the Ramseys achieve their goal, they will be supported by an unmodified Ariya that will follow them on their 16,777-mile trip. While the expedition has carefully planned its route to make use of traditional power sources where possible, there will be times when electricity cannot be obtained in the usual ways.

Thus, the Ariya will tow "an innovative renewable energy unit" that includes an extendable wind turbine and foldable solar panels, helping the team make the most of the high winds and long daylight hours they will encounter as they make their way through North, Central, and South America.


"After four years of planning and hard work, we're so excited to officially get Pole to Pole underway," said Chris. "Julie and I have done several EV adventures over the past 10 years, but Pole to Pole is definitely our biggest and most exciting challenge." Chris added that the modified Ariya performed well on the 3,100-mile journey to get to the start point.

When last we spoke to Chris, the goal was to reach the end of the journey "in December 2023." Hopefully, he and his wife encounter no serious issues on their journey, but on a world first like this, preparing certainly involves a certain amount of guesswork. Good luck, folks.


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