Nissan has shown the modified Ariya crossover it expects two British explorers to use to finish a historic Pole-to-Pole trip.
Chris and Julie Ramsey will travel from the magnetic North Pole to the South Pole across a distance of 17,000 miles (27,000 km), a voyage that has been four years in the making. Nissan aims to show that electric vehicles in general, and the Ariya in particular, are harder and more competent than some people think.
Driving from Pole to Pole requires the ability to traverse frozen wastelands, but that is only one aspect of the task the Ariya must overcome. The Nissan EV will face mountains and sand dunes as it travels between the frigid poles of the globe and its centre.To keep some sort of a connection to the production car you may purchase at a Nissan dealership, Nissan has nonetheless limited alterations.
The intrepid Ariya has a set of enormous 39-inch tyres that greatly boost its ground clearance, but installing them necessitated extensive bodywork removal and the addition of a set of broad fender flares. The crew has modified the suspension as well, but has left the battery, electric drivetrain, and 4ORCE all-wheel drive system alone.
The Ariya is outfitted with a towable, renewable energy unit that includes a wind turbine and solar panels to assist charge the battery while the vehicle is parked because it is obvious that the pair won't be able to plug the vehicle in at a nearby Starbucks when they are out in the wilderness. The Ramseys' progress can be documented with the aid of a drone that can be launched straight from the roof, and Chris, the Ramseys' coffee-loving son, has an espresso machine built right into the Nissan to provide him with regular doses of caffeine juice made from ethically produced beans.
Co-driver Julie Ramsey stated, "Pole-to-Pole planning and preparation have been such a large part of our life over the past four years that I am really looking forward to getting the adventure going in March. I'm excited to share these experiences and tales with everyone. "We're going to learn about so many great efforts from towns and individuals who are combating climate change."