The electric Nissan Ariya is ready for adventures from the North Pole to the South Pole

The electric Nissan Ariya is ready for adventures from the North Pole to the South Pole

Two adventurers want to be the first people to make history from the North Pole to the South Pole.

The electrics 2023 Nissan Ariya specially modified for an expedition from the North Pole to the South Pole was unveiled.

It’s reportedly the first car of any kind to attempt to travel from the magnetic north pole to the magnetic south pole, with husband and wife duo Chris and Julie Ramsey expected to endure temperatures ranging from -30 degrees to +30 degrees Celsius.

The Ariya’s 87kWh battery and twin electric motors remain unchanged from the showroom version of the car – sending 290kW to all four wheels – although the 39-inch tires and freezing temperatures extend the car’s range of 500 kilometers expected to decrease significantly.

“One of the things that underpins all of our adventures is that we take a standard production [electric vehicle] and aim to make minimal changes to clearly demonstrate its real-world, everyday capabilities no matter where you drive it,” Ramsey said in a media statement.

The biggest changes were reportedly made to the suspension to increase ground clearance and accommodate the massive off-road tires, as well as adding some wheel arches.

To charge the electric SUV in remote areas, the vehicle was fitted with a “portable, renewable energy unit” – although no exact details were given – as well as a small wind turbine and solar panels to add power while the Ramseys sleep.

The biggest luxuries were the addition of an integrated espresso machine “with a good supply of sustainable coffee” to keep adventurers caffeinated and focused on the task at hand, as well as a rooftop-mounted drone for photos and videos.

“Planning and preparing for Pole to Pole has been such a big part of our lives over the past four years, so I’m really looking forward to embarking on the expedition in March,” said Ms. Ramsey.

“We’re doing something that’s never been tried before, a world first, and ultimately that’s what makes it so exciting,” she added.

You can follow the Ramseys’ journey from the North Pole through North, Central and South America before heading to Antarctica on their Instagram account which can be found by clicking here.

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