Historic Achievement: Electric Car’s Polar Odyssey
Scottish adventurers Chris and Julie Ramsey have etched their names in history by completing the “Pole To Pole EV” expedition—a remarkable nine-month journey covering 17,000 miles from the 1823 Magnetic North Pole to the South Pole. What sets this expedition apart is that it was accomplished entirely in an electric vehicle, specifically a Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE, modified by Icelandic specialist Arctic Trucks.
Adaptations for Extreme Conditions
The journey was not without challenges, as the electric vehicle, burdened with additional load for polar travel, experienced a reduced range of 150 to 200 miles from its original 272-mile capability. To combat extreme conditions, the Ramseys implemented innovative strategies, such as building snow walls to shield the car from cold winds and utilizing a dedicated tent for added protection.
Ingenious Charging Solutions
In the Arctic and Antarctic terrains, the duo utilized a 5kW wind turbine and a prototype solar hybrid charging solution to power up the Ariya. When these weren’t feasible, a petrol generator became a vital backup, especially in the Arctic regions where no electric support vehicles exist. The overarching goal of “Pole To Pole EV” is to demonstrate that electric vehicles can serve as viable alternatives to traditional diesel-powered expedition vehicles in polar environments.
Challenges and Collaborations
Between the poles, the Ramseys navigated through the Americas, encountering charger availability disparities. Collaborating with Enel X Way, the expedition contributed to the installation of chargers through Central and South America, ensuring the availability of an electric Pan-American charging corridor.
Electric Pioneers’ Past Expeditions
This isn’t the first time the Ramseys have ventured into electric vehicle expeditions. In 2017, they made headlines by completing the Mongol Rally in a modified Nissan Leaf Acenta. Despite the challenges, the experience highlighted the growth of the charging network along their route, encouraging others to take on the EV challenge.