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Used Electric Car Buying Report — September 2021

Updated monthly, Recurrent tracks trends in used electric car pricing and inventories as a free resource for EV buyers and sellers.

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Who Sells the Most Tesla Cars

Overall, Tesla.com sells more used Teslas than any other single retailer, overall 12.6% of the market, but looking at used sales data by model, the story is more complicated.

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How New EV Leases Affect Used EV Availability

Used cars typically sell for the first time 3-4 years after they were sold as new cars, so this time period represents the bulk of the used EV market.

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Bolt Recalls: An Ongoing Saga Told Through Data

Bolt owners and EV enthusiasts alike have been closely following the Bolt battery issues since the initial recall announcement on November 17, 2020. Impacted batteries are in 2017, 2018, and some 2019 Bolts made in LG Chem’s Ochang, Korea facility.

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Best Used Electric Cars from $10k to $20k

For many years, it seemed like electric cars were toys for the wealthy. Today EVs don’t start and stop at Tesla. There is a universe of affordable choices when you’re ready to go electric.

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Costs of Electric Car Battery Replacement

When it comes to electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, many shoppers wonder how long it will be until they have to replace their battery. Then what will it cost to replace that battery?

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How Long Do EV Batteries Last?

Battery life is a big question as people shop for a used electric car. A battery is a lithium ion black box that can make up 50-70% of an electric car’s value. The reality is that if the battery dies, so does the car. 

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How Temperature Affects EV Range

“Why does my range drop when it’s cold?” is one of the most common questions we hear.

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Testing the Vampire Drain Problem

There has been tons of speculation and controversy about vampire drain as EV’s - and tracking their stats - become more popular, so Recurrent set out to find some answers.

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Most Popular Used EV by State

Recurrent studied used EV sales trends with our partner Marketcheck across +50k US dealerships. It revealed a lot about electric cars and the people who drive them.

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Comparison: Chevy Bolt vs Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt are two of the most popular all-electric vehicles on the road today and we are proud to announce that we are sharing some of this used car data.

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How EV Batteries Degrade

Aside from that bottle of wine on your shelf, most things get slowly worse with age and use. The slowing of your electric vehicle performance, called battery degradation.

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What is MPGe?

One thing that you will see on electric car stickers -- both hybrid and pure electric -- is a value called MPGe. It looks a lot like MPG, or miles per gallon, and it is actually closely related.

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Why Finding a Good Used Tesla for Sale is Tough

Tesla is turning over 4.5 EVs for every one listed, whereas Nissan and VW are just shy of 2.

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The Coming Surge of Used Tesla Model 3’s 

The Model 3 is the third most sold used EV in the country, but that’s about to change.

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What is kWh for electric cars?

A kilowatt hour is the measurement of an EV battery capacity. To fully explain what that number is telling us, we need to understand each part of it.

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Depth of Discharge Basics for Every EV Owner

Electric cars are young enough in 2021 that we are still learning about how their batteries age over the years. One thing that scientists understand well, after 20 years of studying lithium batteries, is that battery health is sensitive to something called depth of discharge.

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How Much Does a Used EV Cost?

There isn’t a hard and fast rule about where EVs are more expensive, but there is a very wide range in the prices for popular models state to state.

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Washington Electric Vehicle Trends

Washington State is heading quickly towards an all-electric future with cars, while electric car adoption is already amongst the highest in the country.

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California Electric Vehicle Trends

It is difficult to overstate the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in California. Learn more about the journey in this collection of public and proprietary data.

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Call for Drivers: Ford Mustang Mach-E

Reviewers are quick to point out that while the Mach-E is an electric vehicle, it is also most certainly a sports car. It’s 0 to 60 time is rated at 4.8 seconds, quicker than a 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster T.

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BMW i3: A Call for Drivers

The BMW i3 has been an electric vehicle pioneer for eight years with over 200,000 cars on the road. However, there is a lot that can still be learned about BMW EV batteries over time.

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Here comes the EV supply crunch: US buyer survey outpaces market

Analysis of EV buyer surveys vs. market predictions from 2020, along with the potential impact of Biden administration policies on EV adoption.

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Chevrolet Bolt

You can spot the popular Chevrolet Bolt anywhere. It commutes, vacations, runs errands, or works for a living as well as just about any EV.

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Tesla Model 3

Ask someone to think of an electric car and they will likely conjure an image of the Tesla Model 3. Since its launch in 2017, this midsize four-door sedan has been the most popular fully electric car in the world.

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