A couple from Aberdeen recently made history when they completed a pole-to-pole electric vehicle challenge and drove from the Arctic to Antarctica in an EV. The husband and wife team began their over 18,000-mile trip in March in a solar and wind-powered electric car, becoming the first people in the world to complete the trip in any car.
After setting off from the Magnetic North Pole several months ago, the couple revealed on social media that they had reached the South Pole and are now testing the final leg of their Antarctica expedition. The historic trip is a testament to their tenaciousness as well as a showcase of the capabilities of electric cars.
Chris and Julie Ramsey began their trip by heading into Canada before navigating south through the United States and South America over a challenging 10-month period. The couple announced last week that they had completed their historic trip with Chris Ramsey quipping that he couldn’t believe they had finally arrived at the South Pole.
Chris said that although the trip took years of planning and he was fully confident in his electric car’s capabilities, it still didn’t feel real. The trip was “far tougher” than he anticipated, but the challenges they faced on the way made reaching the South Pole even more worthwhile, he noted. The two used electric power-charging points to recharge their electric car while on the road and turned to a solar device and wind turbines for power generation when they reached polar regions with scarce electricity.
Fortunately, the timing allowed the couple to enjoy 24/7 sunlight in the Arctic and Antarctica, allowing for continuous power generation. They kicked off their trip in the Arctic during the summer and arrived at Antarctica in December, giving them more than enough sunlight to power the car when they had no access to electricity.
Their trip began at 1823 Magnetic North Pole, Arctic, before heading into Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Antarctica, and finally the South Pole in the Antarctica.
Julie Ramsey noted in March that the dual-wind and power-generation design had been a challenging but innovative and pioneering breakthrough. She said they would put the EV “through the harshest environments,” including extreme heat and minus temperatures to push it to its limits and see how it would perform.
This isn’t the first time Chris and Julie Ramsey have defied such great odds. They were the first team to use an electric car to complete the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally in 2017.
Such challenging trips help to show that electric vehicles, regardless of whether they are models from Fisker Inc. (NYSE: FSR) or any other manufacturer, have the potential to perform to the same level or even better than ICE vehicles.
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