Nissan Aryia reaches South Pole

Pole to Pole EV expedition reaches the South Pole

Nic Ryan

Chris and Julie Ramsey, husband and wife adventurers, have completed the first ever pole-to-pole drive, travelling over 30,000km in a Nissan Ariya with e-4ORCE all-wheel control.

This is the first time any car of any fuel and make and model type has completed such a journey.

The journey to the South Pole in Antarctica took 10 months, starting on the frozen Arctic Sea at the 1823 Magnetic North Pole.

Their adventure has seen them drive the varied terrains and conditions of North, Central and South America before traversing the most remote continent on the planet, to reach the South Pole. 

Chris and Julie began planning Pole to Pole in 2017 after completing the Mongol Rally in their Nissan LEAF, the first time an EV had been used to tackle the 10,000-km challenge. 

“I can’t believe we’re at the South Pole,” said Chris Ramsey.

“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.

“But it’s been far tougher than I anticipated. I’m proud that Pole to Pole has reached millions of people in parts of the world and enthused them about embracing EV in their day to day lives.”


Nissan Ariya driving on road with mountains and forest in background

This is the first time any car of any fuel and make and model type has completed such a journey.


The vehicle – factory-standard with no modifications to the powertrain or battery – was modified by polar mobility specialists Arctic Trucks, to accommodate 39-inch BF Goodrich tires.

”This has been an incredible journey, with the people we’ve met, the friends we’ve made and the support we’ve received,” said Julie Ramsey.

“Pole to Pole started out as just Chris and I, but the expedition team is now made of up of thousands of kind, forward-thinking people. 

“These supporters and contributors want to make a difference and share the excitement of electric driving.”

The Nissan Ariya has an impressive range of up to approximately 310 miles on a full charge with the 87kWh battery option, discover more in the Zapmap model charging guide.

”On behalf of everyone at Nissan, congratulations on completing Pole to Pole,” said Allyson Witherspoon, Corporate vice president, Nissan Global Marketing, Brand and Merchandizing.

“We all admire your daring spirit and passion for pushing the boundaries of electric adventure. 

“It has been an extraordinary journey to follow and a point of pride for us at Nissan. It has shown how Nissan’s innovative technology continues to deliver excitement, whether on a trip to the office or to the Antarctic!”

Discover how the Pole to Pole adventure unfolded on Instagram @PoletoPoleEV, and check out the Zapmap page to keep up to date with our team: