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From north pole to south pole: extraordinary Nissan Ariya passes the equator

September 27, 2023

Nissan Ariya

With their specially prepared Nissan Ariya for the expedition, married couple Chris and Julie Ramsey have already traveled more than 20,000 kilometers. Through the challenging ice on the Arctic Ocean, melting Canadian ice roads and the varied landscape of North and Central America, they arrived in Quito, a city just below the equator in Ecuador.

Ultimate test

The Pole to Pole expedition is the ultimate test for an electric car, aiming to accelerate the transition to electric driving and bring attention to positive actions by people, communities and projects along the route. Looking back on their adventures in the northern hemisphere, Julie says, “It’s been an incredible experience so far. Our Expedition Ariya is attracting the attention of a lot of people. We had the privilege of being hosted by the most friendly and fascinating people. All of them embrace the positivity and hope that the Pole to Pole expedition stands for.”


Chris also shares his thoughts on the journey, “I wanted to push the boundaries of electric cars and show the world what they can do and how much fun they are. Our Nissan Ariya is doing great. He has not let us down for a moment and attracts a lot of people’s attention along the way. It gives me confidence that we can complete this expedition successfully, despite the challenging distances, roads and temperatures we will face in the southern hemisphere. Antarctica will be our toughest test of the trip, but we have the experience of our trip in the Arctic. And I’m working on innovations that can help us reach the South Pole by the end of December.”

The adventurous duo now faces the beautiful but challenging landscapes and weather conditions of the southern hemisphere. Chris and Julie expect to reach the South Pole around the end of the year.

Follow the Pole to Pole adventures on Instagram via @PoletoPoleEV and watch the live tracker at

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