I’ve driven Minnkota’s all-electric Chevy Bolt to a lot of community events, fairs and cooperative meetings over the summer and fall. The North Dakota and Minnesota climate has followed its typical seasonal flow of “uncomfortably steamy” down to “light jacket worthy.”
The car and I haven’t yet hit the “pull out the ice scraper” zone.
And winter is coming.
But seriously – one of the top questions I get on the road is how EVs perform in the winter. Although I can speak from what I’ve read online and the stories of fellow EV drivers, I haven’t yet experienced a North Dakota winter in the electric car.
Real world data is one of the main reasons Minnkota added an all-electric vehicle to its fleet. So we aren’t going to leave the Bolt in the garage once the temperature dips below zero. We’re getting it on the road, and we’re going to be real about the challenges we encounter.
We hope the challenges will be few – but there’s only one way to find out.
In the meantime, as I wait for the flurry of flakes, here is some knowledge I’ve gathered so far.
Here are some great articles that describe the realities of winter driving in electric vehicles:
If you have any questions or concerns our team should cover in the coming cold months, reach out!
- Kaylee Cusack, Minnkota communications specialist