Scottish adventurers Chris and Julie Ramsey were finally able to announce today that they had completed a nine-month, 17,000km the Pole To Pole EV expedition, the world’s first journey from the magnetic North Pole to the South Pole by electric car. The pair reached their destination already on Friday, December 15, but she could only share the message later after the satellite connection was restored. They achieved this performance with an electric car Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE, which was modified by the Icelandic company Arctic Trucks. In particular, the electric car received larger 39-inch tires, some elements adapted to driving on ice and a reinforced body. The interesting thing is that the drive unit was serial.
However, due to the heavy load reduced range electric car, from the original 272 kilometers to just 150 to 200 kilometers. In addition, during the arctic and antarctic part of the trip, the Ramseys had to learn tricks to keep the car battery warm, to improve its efficiency (either protect the car with a snow wall or a special tent). However, in some cases the pair had to fall back on a gasoline generator, a must-have for arctic travel. The goal of the Pole To Pole EV project was to prove that electric vehicles are a viable replacement for current diesel-powered expedition vehicles in polar regions.
Between the poles, the Ramseys traveled across America, with the northern section relatively easy thanks to readily available charging stations along the way. However, in the south coverage is not that common at allthey therefore had to work with EV charging solutions provider Enel X Way, which arranged for the installation of chargers along the route through Central and South America.