'A husband and wife from Aberdeen aim to drive from the Arctic to Antarctica in
an electric car.
Chris and Julie Ramsey will set off to travel 17,000 miles (27,000km) from the
Magnetic North to South Pole this week.
Their vehicle will be powered for much of the trip by solar and wind energy.
The couple will navigate into Canada, then head south through the United States
and into warmer temperatures in South America over the space of 10 challenging
They will travel through Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama,
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina.
They accept the journey could put a lot to the test, including their
And coming from Aberdeen, they will take supplies of the humble buttery - the
famous long-lasting local delicacy made of lard, butter and sugar, which is
also known as a rowie or Aberdeen roll - to help keep their strength up.
"One of the most common questions we get asked is how we're going to charge the
car in the polar regions where there's no electricity source," Mrs Ramsey said.
"There will be a wind turbine and full double solar on this device which will
be towed along, harnessing the renewable energy sources - the wind and the sun
- to power the car.
"That has been really challenging, innovative, pioneering - it's never been
She explained: "It's to dispel common myths that people have when they question
electric vehicles - things like range and how far can they go.
"We are putting the car through the harshest of environments - minus
temperatures and extreme heat - so we're really pushing the car to its limits
and seeing what capability it has."'
Via Susan ****
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
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