Crossing the world is a complicated task for any vehicle, but if we talk about an electric vehicle, the task can become impossible. In true 19th century explorer style, Nissan and British adventurer Chris Ramsey have agreed to travel between the two geographical poles. An exploration that will have the vital help of a tremendously modified Nissan Ariya. An electric SUV that will have the difficult task that an electric vehicle can face the most impossible challenges.
Reaching any of the poles is more than just an exploration, it is an epic adventure that requires tremendous preparation, both for the pilot and for the machine. Although Nissan has cars in its fleet that are more prepared for such a trip, such as the Pathfinder, the Navara or the Patrol, the 27,000 kilometers of travel will be made with the most modern and electrified car in the housethe Nissan Ariya, although, obviously, it will have a series of modifications.
The estimated temperatures range from 30 degrees below zero to more than 30 degrees positive. A difference of more than 60 degrees will be just one of the enemies that the expedition will have to face that will tour the lands of North America, Central America and South America. From north to south, the Ariya and adventurer Chris Ramsey will become the first to achieve such a feat, which they have called Pole to Pole.
As we have already said, the electric SUV will first have to adapt to be able to withstand the thousands of unforeseen events that may arise during the 27,000 kilometers. Frost preparation, suspensions, tires, chassis and axle reinforcements, fenders, and part of the electrical system so that the Ariya can resist and be able to face everything that comes his way. A second fully stock Nissan Ariya will carry out support duties during the journey across the Americas.
The great difficulty of the project is the recharging of the batteries in certain inhospitable and sparsely populated points in both poles. The pilot’s experience will add security, because despite the complexity involved in such an adventure, it is not the first time that he has faced a similar challenge. In 2017, Ramsey and his wife were the first in history to complete the demanding Mongolian Rally in a fully electric car.. 16,000 kilometers of racing through multiple countries in 56 days aboard a Nissan LEAF.
Chris Ramsey, founder of Pole to Pole, commented: “Our mission is to show that electric vehicles can cope with the harshest environments, from the bitter cold of the poles to the hot and humid jungles of South America, and to prove that they are exhilarating to drive while meeting daily demands from drivers around the world. It’s fantastic to see such an important and innovative global brand associated with our expedition.”