MANDAN, ND (KXNET) – According to the Department of Transportation, there are fewer than 300 electric vehicles registered in North Dakota, but that number is rising every year. And just as our state expanded into green energy, so are we starting to switch to electric vehicles.
“First of all, it’s a Cadillac, second, it’s an electric vehicle,” said Brady Schwan, Sales and Leasing Professional at Schwan Buick GMC in Mandan.
The electric Cadillac on display there is the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ.
At present, it is the only Cadillac electric vehicle in the entire state of North Dakota.
But what makes this vehicle so different from other electric vehicles?
There are 763 LED lights on the Cadillac LYRIQ.
From the trademark dancing lights front to the lava brake lights in the back, there’s something new about this vehicle that might make you rethink what an electric vehicle is.
At first, you’re probably wondering, “How can an electric vehicle battery handle the North Dakota winters?”
“Of the 50 states, we are one of the states that probably has the most resistance to electric vehicles because of our climate. It takes long distances to drive from one place to another. However, these Cadillacs have been tested in cold climates. Will a cold climate reduce the range? Yes it will. However, this car is smart enough to know that if the weather affects that battery, it will let you know. Hey, sooner or later you have to go to a charger. And now we are installing chargers all over Bismarck,” says Schwan.
According to JD Power, EV batteries last between 10 and 20 years, but how long do batteries last for the Cadillac LYRIQ?
“General Motors batteries are parallel, and they can fit more. So if part of the battery were to go to bed, we can diagnose that and replace that particular part of the battery instead of replacing the whole battery itself. So, in 8 years, 100,000 miles is what GM puts on a warranty, so that’s a pretty good warranty on the battery. So when they give that much warranty on the battery, they obviously have a lot of confidence in it and that will give the consumer a lot more confidence,” says Schwan.
Right now, if you check Drive Electric ND, North Dakota has over 60 public charging stations in our state.
And currently, electric vehicle owners only pay about $405 a year on average to charge under normal driving habits.
According to Schwan, most people don’t currently use long-haul electric vehicles, but that could change.
“Most electric vehicle customers buy an electric car, but they also have a gasoline-powered car in their garage. EV customers will spend all day driving around town, working, running errands, coming home in the evening and plugging in the plug. If they want to take a longer trip, they tend to gas that vehicle because you know it’s more convenient. They don’t have to worry about finding a charging station. But as time goes by, as we see now, those charging stations are becoming more and more popular. And as a result, they will eventually also make longer journeys with the electric car,” says Schwan.
All electric vehicles are different and not all have the features like this Cadillac, which you can find at Schwan.
But they all provide that energy alternative for so many families.
Like the covered wagons of our North Dakota ancestors, electric vehicles like this one are future-ready in a new era of pioneering.
The Cadillac LYRIQ costs about $63K, which is about the same as other Cadillacs. Cheaper than most Cadillac Escalades.
So, after Teslas and Cadillacs, what’s next for electric vehicles in North Dakota?
According to Schwan, they are looking for the next big electric vehicle on their lot: a Hummer, which can go from 0 to 60 mph in just over 3 seconds.
For more information on the Cadillac LYRIQ and other cars, visit the Schwan Buick GMC website here.