Adventure ready Nissan Ariya electric SUV unveiled

Polar expedition from North Pole to Southern counterpart with Nissan Ariya electric SUV

In February 2023, a husband and wife team is to set off on an epic electric journey with their special Nissan Ariya electric SUV. The vehicle will be specially kitted out for the adventure from the magnetic North Pole to its southern counterpart. The team is Chris and Julie Ramsey, and this is not the first time they set off for an adventure with a Nissan vehicle. Back in 2017, the couple went ahead with the completion of the 17,000 km Mongol Rally with their Nissan Leaf.

Adventure ready Nissan Ariya electric SUV unveiled
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This time Ariya is expected to travel on a  27,000-km (over 16,700-mile) journey from the north of the globe to the south. Polar expedition specialist Arctic Trucks has partnered with Nissan to get the electric SUV ready for its epic adventure, though the battery and powertrain remain unmodified.

While not specified in the press materials, assuming it’s the 290-kW and 87-kWh AWD version with 600 Nm (442 lb. ft) of torque and e-4ORCE all-wheel control technology, that would mean a per-charge range of up to 475 km (295 miles). The temperatures are likely to be encountered run from -30 to plus 30 °C (-22 – 86 °F), so actual range figures may be somewhat different. The vehicle will tow a prototype trailer fitted out with a lightweight wind turbine and solar panels to help meet some of their charging needs along the route.

Vehicle modifications

Vehicle modifications are reported to have been minimal. “One of the things that underpin all the adventures we do is that we take a standard production EV and aim to make minimal changes to clearly demonstrate its real, everyday capabilities, regardless of where you are driving it,” said Chris Ramsey. “Our Nissan Ariya is no different as the vehicle’s drivetrain and the battery have remained factory standard, demonstrating just how capable and versatile the production Ariya is.

“We’ve modified the suspension and widened the wheel arches so we can benefit from the stable platform and support of the 39-inch BF Goodrich tires. I’m incredibly excited to get behind the wheel of what was already a brilliant vehicle, but now feels equipped to take on the ends of the Earth in style!” Other notable additions include a built-in espresso machine, a weather station, and a drone that can be launched from the roof. The expedition marks the first time any vehicle has been driven from Pole to Pole. It’s expected to take around 10 months to complete and is being undertaken not only to showcase EV technologies and capabilities but also to highlight the issues we all face as a result of climate change.