Chris and Julie Ramsey, an adventurous husband and wife duo, have redefined the concept of a long road trip by completing an extraordinary ten-month journey from the Magnetic North Pole to the South Pole. Covering more than 18,641 miles (30,000 km) in a Nissan Ariya, this feat is celebrated as the first-ever completion of such a distance by any car, electric or otherwise.
This remarkable journey wasn’t the Ramseys’ first foray into long-distance EV travel. Their passion for eco-friendly exploration was sparked in 2017 when they traveled 6,214 miles (10,000 km) in a Nissan Leaf during the Mongol Rally. Inspired by this experience, they embarked on meticulous planning for their polar expedition.
The Nissan Ariya, already a symbol of modern electric vehicle capabilities, was specially modified to withstand the harsh conditions of their journey. It was equipped with a rugged suspension and massive 39-inch BF Goodrich tires, neatly tucked under expansive fender flares. Despite these modifications, Nissan emphasized that the EV’s powertrain and battery remained unaltered, showcasing the Ariya’s inherent robustness.
Charging an electric vehicle in such remote locations posed unique challenges, which the Ramseys candidly shared on Instagram. Their solution involved utilizing any available electricity source, whether it meant plugging into a remote restroom or harnessing renewable energy through solar panels and an extendable wind turbine. This innovative approach to charging highlights the adaptability of EV technology in even the most extreme environments.
Upon reaching the South Pole, an overwhelmed Chris Ramsey remarked, “I can’t believe we’re at the South Pole. After so many years of planning, it doesn’t feel real. I’ve always had full confidence in the amazing capabilities of electric vehicles, and I knew our Nissan Ariya would tackle everything thrown at it.” Julie Ramsey shared her husband’s enthusiasm, calling the expedition an “incredible journey.”
The Ramsey’s unprecedented trip in the Nissan Ariya not only showcases the potential of electric vehicles in overcoming the most challenging terrains but also marks a significant milestone in the journey towards sustainable and adventurous travel.