Pole to Pole EV expedition crosses equator

A husband and wife team in a converted Nissan Ariya have now driven more than 20,000km in the electric vehicle (EV).

Chris and Julie Ramsey crossed the equator in their world-first expedition driving an EV from the North Pole to the South Pole in Antarctica.

The duo have traversed the Arctic Sea ice, melting Canadian ice roads, and exploring North and Central America before reaching the equator line in Quito, Ecuador as part of the ‘ultimate test’ for an EV.

The journey was undertaken to help accelerating the adoption of EVs as part of the solution to tackle the climate crisis, while also shining a light on the positive action of people, communities and projects along the route.

Julie Ramsey said: “It’s been an incredible experience so far. Our Expedition Ariya captures the interest of so many people on our route and we’ve been privileged to be hosted and helped by the kindest and most fascinating people, who all embrace the positivity and hope that Pole to Pole represents.”

Chris Ramsey said: “I set out to really push the limits of EV and show the world just how capable and exciting they are. Our expedition Nissan Ariya has performed so well; it hasn’t let us down and it’s created so much interest from people along the way.

“It gives me confidence we can complete this expedition despite the challenging distances, terrains and temperatures we will face in the Southern Hemisphere. Antarctica will be our toughest test yet, but we have the experience of our time in the Arctic to learn from and I’m working on innovations that can help us reach the South Pole at the end of December.

The couple will now face the stunning but punishing landscapes and climates of the Southern Hemisphere on route to the South Pole, which they aim to reach by the end of the year.

Image courtesy of Nissan

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