A British explorer is set to become the first person to drive from the North Pole to the South Pole at the wheel of an electric vehicle

Adventurer Chris Ramsey is undertaking the 17,000-mile journey, which will begin in the Arctic and take in 14 countries in North, Central and South America, before finally crossing to Antarctica. 

Ramsey has been planning the trip for several years, and has now won the support of Nissan, who will supply an electric Ariya for the challenge. The model will be a four-wheel-drive ‘e-4ORCE’ car, and will be specially prepared for the brutal conditions by renowned specialists Arctic Trucks. The company will also provide logistical support and help to plan an appropriate route.

The focus of the expedition is to raise awareness of the climate crisis, and of the capability of electric vehicles. Along the journey, Ramsey and his team will visit schools and tribes.


Chris Ramsey, founder of Pole to Pole Expedition, said: “Our mission is to show that electric vehicles can tackle the harshest of environments – from the bitter cold of the poles to the hot and humid jungles of South America, and illustrate that they can meet the demands of drivers around the world, and encourage the switch to zero-emissions transport. 

“To that end, we are thrilled that Nissan has joined the expedition. It is fantastic to see such an important global brand get behind Pole to Pole and its fundamental purpose – a better world for us all through smarter, more sustainable mobility. We will also raise awareness of sustainable lifestyles, conservation projects and renewable energy innovation along our route.”

Ramsey will depart on the ‘Pole to Pole’ expedition in March 2023.