Chris and Julie Ramsey's Nissan Ariya Pole to Pole Expedition Reaches The South Pole Team / Posted On - January 3rd 2024

Adventurers Chris and Julie Ramsey made history, completing a 30,000 km pole-to-pole journey in an unmodified Nissan Ariya EV facing extreme conditions, the expedition showcased EV capabilities. Nissan praised their daring spirit and innovative technology.


In a groundbreaking achievement that has captured the imaginations of millions worldwide, husband and wife adventurers Chris and Julie Ramsey have successfully completed their unprecedented all-electric pole-to-pole journey to the South Pole in Antarctica. This remarkable 10-month, 30,000 km expedition from pole to pole started at the 1823 Magnetic North Pole, has seen them drive the varied terrains and conditions of North, Central, and South America before carefully traversing the most remote continent on Earth to reach the South Pole. What sets this feat apart is that it marks the first time any car, especially an Electric Vehicle (EV), has accomplished such a daunting journey.

The All-Electric Expedition Vehicle

Unveiling the Nissan Ariya with e-4ORCE All-Wheel Control

The hero of this incredible journey is the all-electric expedition vehicle - a Nissan Ariya equipped with e-4ORCE all-wheel control. This factory-standard with no modifications to the powertrain or battery, underwent specialized modified by polar mobility specialists Arctic Trucks and completed such a journey. The most notable modification was to accommodate 39-inch BF Goodrich tires, ensuring optimal performance across the challenging terrains of this remarkable journey.


Planning the Extraordinary: Pole to Pole Expedition

From the Mongol Rally to the South Pole

Chris and Julie's journey began taking shape in 2017, post their completion of the Mongol Rally in a Nissan LEAF, marking the first time an EV tackled the 10,000 km challenge after many years of planning. Recognizing the immense interest such epic adventures could generate in electric vehicles, they conceptualized Pole to Pole. More than a mere adventure, this journey aimed to leave a lasting legacy of charging infrastructure while showcasing the capabilities of EVs. A testament to their commitment to collaboration and innovation with like-minded partners.

Challenges and Triumphs

Testing Limits: Extreme Temperatures and High Altitudes

Across vast distances and challenging off-road terrains, the Nissan Ariya faced and conquered the toughest tests at extreme temperatures and high altitudes. The unmodified powertrain and battery endured the rigorous conditions, showcasing the resilience and capabilities of electric vehicles in the harshest environments.


Chris and Julie's Reflections

A Journey Beyond Expectations

Chris expressed his disbelief at reaching the South Pole, highlighting the journey's toughness beyond anticipation. "I've always had full confidence in the amazing capabilities of electric vehicles," he remarked. Julie added, "This has been an incredible journey, with the people we've met, the friends we've made, and the support we've received." The expedition, initially a duo endeavor, has grown into a team of thousands, united by a passion for forward-thinking and a commitment to making a difference.

Industry Recognition

Nissan's Perspective

Allyson Witherspoon, Corporate Vice President, Nissan Global Marketing, Brand, and Merchandising, conveyed Nissan's admiration for the daring spirit and passion displayed by Chris and Julie in completing Pole to Pole. The journey is a testament to Nissan's innovative technology, showcasing how it continues to deliver excitement, whether on a daily commute or an expedition to the Antarctic.



In conclusion, the Pole to Pole expedition by Chris and Julie Ramsey not only defied geographical and climatic challenges but also shattered preconceived notions about the capabilities of electric vehicles. This remarkable journey serves as an inspiration for adventurers and a testament to the ever-evolving landscape of electric mobility. As the world witnesses this groundbreaking feat, it reaffirms the potential and resilience of electric vehicles, paving the way for a future where such journeys become not just extraordinary but routine.



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