The Record-Breaking Journey: An Electric Car Successfully Travels from the North to the South Pole

Scottish adventurers Chris and Julie Ramsey successfully completed the nine-month, 17,000-mile “Pole To Pole EV” expedition, making it the world’s first drive from the 1823 Magnetic North Pole to South Pole in an electric car. They reached their destination on December 15 after establishing satellite connection. The feat was achieved using a modified Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE electric vehicle by Icelandic specialist Arctic Trucks. The extra load on the electric vehicle reduced its range from 272 miles to just 150 to 200 miles. During the Arctic and Antarctic parts of the trip, the Ramseys used various methods to keep the car battery warm for improved efficiency. They used a 5kW wind turbine or a prototype solar hybrid charging solution, and a petrol generator when necessary. The purpose of “Pole To Pole EV” is to prove that electric vehicles make a viable replacement for existing diesel-powered expedition vehicles in polar regions. The Ramseys also traveled through the Americas and collaborated with EV charging solutions provider, Enel X Way, to install chargers along their route through Central and South America. This expedition is not the first involving electric vehicles for the Ramseys, as they completed the Mongol Rally in a modified Nissan Leaf Acenta in 2017.