Nissan is gearing up to undertake their latest PR stunt, this time involving a tricked-out Ariya electric utility and a near-17,000 mile trek between the Earth’s poles.

Nissan intends to travel between the globe’s magnetic North and South poles, a trip which will take approximately 27,000 kilometers (16,777 miles), in an electric SUV. That presents some apparent logistical challenges, the most obvious being charging.

According to Nissan, charging in the polar regions will be conducted by a portable, renewable energy unit. This unit will be towed by the Ariya, deployable at appropriate resting points. A lightweight wind turbine and solar panels will take advantage of the high winds and long daylight hours. It should be noted that no modifications have been made to the battery or powertrain.

Chris Ramsey, Pole to Pole EV Expedition leader, said that the team didn’t want to make too many modifications to the Ariya so that they may better demonstrate the vehicle’s “real, everyday capabilities.” This particular Ariya is equipped with Nissan’s e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system, though the suspension has been modified and the wheel arches widened for both a more stable platform and to accommodate the large 39-inch BF Goodrich tires. The roof-borne utility unit also houses a drone that can be launched to capture the world’s stunning views and, at least in our mind, scout ahead for potential obstacles. And that just about does it– minus the embedded espresso machine.

Chris will be joined by co-driver Julie Ramsey, who noted that plans for this expedition have been on their minds for the past four years.

“We are doing something that has never been attempted before, a world-first, and ultimately that is what makes it so exciting,” said Julie Ramsey.

Both are eager to begin their journey in March, and we’re excited to see some spectacular imagery coming from the pair.