Selected to test the hybrid technology under extreme conditions and originally planned as the vehicle to complete 97% of the total TGCE travel distance, this vehicle was designed to travel both most of the Arctic, all the Antarctic plus all between. This plan was later abounded for two reasons; crossing from Canada to Greenland on ice was considered too risky and getting the vehicle out of Antarctica with the crossing team was an extra logistical challenge. This vehicle was designed to use the AT/Nokian 44-inch tires with zero lift for excellent stability and traction both on and off road but still accepting smaller tires for the continental crossing. It was sent to Iceland early 2021 for the AT44 conversion and was use in TGCE second expedition in March 2022, establishing a route between the “Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road” and the Arctic Sea ice.
It will travel from New York to Yellowknife and then be sent to Iceland together with the 4 Ford Explorers. Before the TGCE arrives from North Pole to Iceland via Greenland, Arctic Trucks is going to reduce the vehicle overall width by 23cm, installing 39-inch BFG tires together with narrower fender flairs to better fit narrower roads and parking as it continues through Europe, Africa, South America etc. Although more limited when it comes to snow, this vehicle is still a very capable when it comes to various off-road challenges and a strong support for the Ford Expedition vehicles if needed.
The role of this vehicle in the expedition continues to test the hybrid system, service the expedition with up to 7.2KW electric power in remote locations, carry spare parts and tools for the continental crossings, carry recovery kits including winch.