Arctic Trucks partners with Nissan for historic EV Pole-to-Pole expedition

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First electric adventure in the Arctic Trucks re-engineered SUV to demonstrate the capability of EVs

The Nissan Ariya AT39, the first EV constructed by world-leading extreme vehicle specialists, Arctic Trucks operating from four key locations—UK, Iceland, Norway and the Middle East, will embark on a 17,000-mile trip from the Magnetic North Pole to the South Pole.

British adventurers Chris and Julie Ramsey will undertake the ten-month journey, taking them through 14 countries, starting on March 23, 2023.


The Ariya AT39 is a professionally re-engineered high mobility platform that balances the performance and efficiency of Nissan’s electric vehicle architecture with adaptations and enhancements to the body, suspension, steering, wheels, brakes, and more, according to a press statement.

“We acknowledge that battery-based electric vehicles have important hurdles to overcome for use in the extreme cold, a challenge for which we are excited to be a part of developing solutions,” stated Emil Grimsson, Founder, Arctic Trucks.

Arctic Trucks are providing key consultation, route planning, and logistical support for the expedition, with a focus on the polar extremes. The expedition will provide important information about how vehicles can be developed for use in the polar regions and will demonstrate the real, everyday capabilities of EVs.

“We aim to make minimal changes to clearly demonstrate its real, everyday capabilities, regardless of where you are driving it,” commented Chris Ramsey, Pole to Pole EV Expedition Leader.

“The planning and preparation for Pole to Pole has been such a big part of our lives over the past four years so I am really looking forward to getting the expedition underway in March,” concluded Julie Ramsey, Co-driver.  

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