We are Chris and Julie Ramsey, EV adventurers husband and wife team from Aberdeen Scotland. In March 2023 we will be driving an all-electric Nissan Ariya from a Magnetic North Pole location in the Canadian Arctic to the South Pole in Antarctica. We are the first people in history to take on this pioneering expedition. No one has ever attempted to drive from Pole to Pole.
You can find out more, and follow our expedition on social media @poletopoleev and via our website www.poletopoleev.com
Our expedition will see us travel more than 17,000 miles spanning 14 countries.
The Pole to Pole Electric Vehicle Expedition is not a race, it is a mindful journey of hope, discovery and inspiration as we meet incredible communities, projects and individuals along the way that are taking action to tackle the climate crisis. We aim to learn from them and share their stories across our social media channels to showcase the amazing work they are all doing.
We totally appreciate that the current global economic crisis has affected many businesses, families and communities and our expedition is no different. Raising funds to fully finance any expedition or project is challenging at the best of times. We are still working hard to fully fund this project.
We have set up this Go Fund Me page as a number of people have reached out and asked how they can support us in whatever way they can. If you are in a position to donate, no matter how big or small, any donations received will be hugely appreciated and put towards funding the remaining elements of this groundbreaking expedition.
To give you a bit of background, Chris’s passion for electric cars began in 2013 and he has completed a series of world-first endurance EV adventures across the globe. Chris is also a public speaker and has been giving educational and motivational talks about his adventures to audiences worldwide. Chris is also the eBike Guinness World Record Holder. Our last adventure together was in 2017. We were the first people ever to enter the gruelling 10,000 mile Mongol Rally in an electric car and complete it. We drove our 30kwh Nissan LEAF, with a range of approx. 90 miles, from London to Southern Siberia crossing 14 Countries in aid of WWF Scotland.
Due to the lack of charging infrastructure from Turkey to Russia, we were powered by the kindness of strangers as they opened up their homes, cafes, hotels and even fire stations to allow us to charge our car so we could continue our journey. We will never forget this experience and will be forever grateful for their kindness. After completing the Mongol Rally we inspired both Kazakhstan and Russia to install permanent public charging infrastructure on our route which can be seen on the Plugshare charging map, and we also inspired members of the public to make the switch to an electric car.
We are passionate about EV’s and own electric cars. We are also passionate about renewable energy and our environment. We have solar panels installed to power our home and car with as much renewable energy as possible. We are also mindful of using sustainable alternatives in daily life wherever we can. We hope to share our passion for living sustainably with the wider public and influence others to join us in the mission to tackle the current climate crisis.
The expedition will raise awareness of the role electric vehicles can play in reducing our carbon footprint, as well as answer all those questions everyone still has about EV's and dispel the common myths like - EV's can't drive long distances, the batteries don't last long or EV's cannot cope in the cold.
Every aspect of the expedition has been evaluated to ensure we can make it as sustainable as possible. We will also be supporting and volunteering at sustainable projects to witness first-hand their positive impacts on the planet.
We will never claim the expedition will be zero emissions, as planes and ocean crossings will be required at a few points. However, we are working with a reforestation partner on a fully certified and accredited offsetting program to ensure we offset all of the carbon emitted as a result of our expedition.
Why is this expedition so important?
We all know global warming is damaging our planet. Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge the world has ever faced and we are the last generation that can stop the devastating impacts on future generations. The best way we can do this is to lead by example and demonstrate the way forward. We want to help, contribute and play our role in being a part of the solution in our own small way.
That is why the Pole to Pole EV Expedition is working on a number of legacy initiatives:
• Electrification of Polar expedition vehicles - Currently, all Polar expeditions vehicles are combustion engine vehicles, omitting harmful emissions in the most fragile environments on the planet. We are working with Arctic Trucks, the largest polar expedition company, to take all the learnings from our expedition and for them to electrify their expedition fleets moving forward.
• Charging Infrastructure - We are working with the largest renewable energy company on the planet to install an electric vehicle charging network all across our route in South America. A network that is available to the public making EV driving between cities and local communities easier, and a network that will continue to grow
• We lead the way for future expeditions, adventurers and production companies to follow by showing how they too can carry out their activities more sustainably and leave as little trace as possible on the planet
• We have partnered with Newsomatic, a kid's daily digital newspaper which is distributed to thousands of schools globally and translated into four different languages. We will be visiting schools along our route to share our story and expedition with the children and educate them about EV's, renewable energy and protecting our planet.
What will the funds be used for?
All of your kind donations will be used to support the practical costs of making our Pole to Pole expedition possible. This involves some of the funds being used to cover the final costs relating to the Antarctica leg of our expedition and ensuring the expedition team can exit the region safely.
If we are fortunate enough to reach our funding target, we also plan to use a portion of the funding to involve a camera person at more stages and document the expedition so we can share our journey and educational message even further.
Our objective is to do our bit to help tackle the climate crisis whilst also being kind, doing good in the world, and giving back as much as possible. We aim to inspire others to do the same, encouraging them to be bold, brave, and pioneering, and believe in their abilities to achieve what others may perceive impossible.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our expedition. We totally appreciate not everyone is in a position to donate financially. If you would like to help in other ways, we would really appreciate it if you could share our story and GoFundMe link within your networks. This action will be equally incredible.
Thank you so much
Chris and Julie