Explorers Chris and Julie Ramsey’s epic ‘Pole to Pole’ expedition in the Nissan Ariya has been a complete success, reaching its final destination, the South Pole in Antarctica.
THE adventure of 10 months and 30,000 kilometers which started in the frozen Arctic Sea, at the Magnetic North Pole, passed through the varied terrains and conditions of North, Central and South America before reaching the farthest continent on the planet and conquering the South Pole. It is the first time any car, let alone an EV, has completed such a journey. Over long distances and difficult off-road routes, the mission’s all-electric vehicle, one Nissan Ariya with the four-wheel drive system e-4ORCE, passed the toughest tests in extreme temperatures and high altitudes. The factory vehicle – with no powertrain or battery modifications – was prepared by Arctic Trucks’ polar mobility specialists to be fitted with 39-inch BF Goodrich tires.
Chris and Julie started planning it A field is a field in 2017 after completing the Mongolian Rally in the Nissan LEAF, when for the first time an electric car was used to tackle the 10,000 km challenge. They immediately realized how much interest this kind of epic adventure could generate for electric vehicles. They felt that the A field is a field was the ultimate adventure for an electric car and they made it a reality through their commitment to collaboration and innovation with like-minded partners.
Chris commented: “I can’t believe we’re at the South Pole. After all these years of planning, it looks incredible. I’ve always had complete faith in the amazing potential of electric vehicles and knew our Nissan Ariya would handle whatever was thrown at it. It was much tougher than I expected. I’m proud to A field is a field it became known to so many people in so many parts of the world and brought them closer to putting an EV in their daily lives.” Julie added: “It’s been an incredible trip, meeting new people and making new friends. The A field is a field Chris and I started it, but our mission team is now made up of thousands of progressive people. All our supporters and friends want to make a difference and share the excitement of electric driving.”
Allyson Witherspoon, corporate vice president, Nissan Global Marketing, Brand and Merchandizing, said: “On behalf of everyone at Nissan, congratulations on completing the Pole to Pole mission. We all admire your daring spirit and passion to push the boundaries of electric adventure. It was an excellent trip and another proud achievement for us at Nissan. It clearly showed how its innovative technology Nissan it continues to provide excitement, whether in daily driving or in Antarctica!”.