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Used Tesla Price Trends Newsletter

On the first Thursday of each month, subscribers receive a summary of used Tesla prices that is aggregated from 50,000 car dealers and a recap of the latest trends and announcements.

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Do All EVs Use the Same Charger?

What do you do if you’re going on a road trip or a longer journey? What sort of plug do you need? Will it have to be installed? Recurrent is here to let you know the basics about charging so you can jump into an EV with confidence and excitement.

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Sell Your Electric Car for More

It’s time. Your EV has been great, and you have loved every electrified mile it has taken you, but it’s time to trade in or trade up.

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Tesla Model 3 Data and Research

This research shows the beginning of our battery degradation monitoring for the Model 3 electric vehicles in our community. This data is live from Recurrent’s battery tracking research and represents real vehicles.

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Chevrolet Bolt Data and Research

Recurrent's EV research shows the beginning of our range degradation monitoring for the Bolt electric vehicles in our community. This data is live from Recurrent’s research and represents real vehicles.

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Is Your Used Model 3 Worth More than a New Tesla? Depends Where You Look

The used car portal on 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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What Are the Most Efficient EVs?

If you’re comparing across different sorts of vehicles, it is common to measure efficiency IN MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent. What does this measurement mean, how does EV efficiency differ from that in ICE cars, and what are the most efficient EVs on the road?

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Common EV Myths

Taking the leap to new tech can be intimidating. Our emotions, both positive and negative, can also be misleading. (Come on, emotions!) If we’re being honest, social media chatter can often pile on. 

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The Complete Used EV Guide

You have decided to buy an electric car. (👋 Welcome!) We are excited to share the tips and tools that you need to find the right one.

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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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Used Electric Car Buying Report — Q3 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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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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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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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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Tesla Model S

The first Model S hit the road in 2012 with an EPA range of 265 miles per charge. Newer models can get up to 405 miles of range per charge. It is an all-electric, luxury sedan that Tesla considers its flagship production vehicle.

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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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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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Chevrolet Volt

The Chevy Volt is a hybrid electric plug-in vehicle that is EPA-rated for either 38 or 53 miles of all electric range, depending on model year. The Volt is a “series” hybrid, meaning that it runs on exclusively electric energy until the battery is depleted, after which a gasoline motor powers the battery.

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Jaguar I-PACE

The Jaguar I-PACE is the first all electric SUV made by a European luxury brand. It won over 60 awards in categories such as safety, powertrain, and design and goes 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. Used I-PACES can be reliably expected to get over 200 miles per charge in decent driving conditions.

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Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen's first battery electric vehicle of the modern age is the e-Golf, a sporty compact hatchback with a rated range between 83 and 125 miles. It was released in the US in 2015 as part of a larger redesign of the iconic Golf line.

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Nissan LEAF

With original purchase price around $30K, the Nissan LEAF allowed many drivers their first taste of the EV life. Used ranges for older models (2013-2018) are between 64 and 176 miles, while newer LEAFs all get at least 100 miles per charge.

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BMW i3

The BMW i3 is a surprisingly peppy, sporty compact sedan. It is futuristic not just in looks: the construction features carbon fiber and hemp infused plastic materials that make the car lighter, more sustainable, and increase the range.