Recurrent Reports: The Key to Buying a Used EV with Confidence

June 29, 2023
EV Universe
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Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular, but with so many different makes and models on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. If you’re considering buying a used EV, one of the most important factors to consider is the battery health. A healthy battery will give you the range you need to get around. On the other hand, a battery with poor health will limit your driving ability. That’s where Recurrent Reports come in.


Recurrent Reports are a non-invasive way to assess the battery health of an EV. They use a combination of data from the electric car’s computer and its history to provide a detailed report on the battery condition. This information can be used to more accurately predict the EV’s future range and identify any potential problems. Recurrent Reports are a valuable tool for anyone considering buying a used EV. They help you make an informed decision about which vehicle to buy.  Have peace of mind knowing that you’re getting a car with a healthy battery.


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A Refresher on Electric Vehicle Types

An electric vehicle (EV) is propelled by electric motors. The two most common types are battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), which are both supported by Recurrent Reports.


  • A BEV is powered 100% by electric motors. A charging port is the only place to add fuel.
  • A PHEV is fueled by a combination of batteries and gas tanks. Cars in this category have both a charging port and a gas cap.


At EV Universe, our marketplace is focused exclusively on BEV types of electric cars. Recurrent Reports offer insights into used electric vehicles for sale. Be sure to check them out in our featured listings to assist with your buying decision. We’ll discuss more about what Recurrent Reports offer in this article below. In addition, if you’re interested in learning additional EV lingo other than BEV and PHEV, visit here.


Understanding the Range of an Electric Car

EV range is the distance you can expect your car to go on a full charge. The EPA rates each electric car make and model with a certain range value when new. However, what a driver may see on any given trip varies from that. Factors that affect range include temperature, terrain, drive style, and age of the car. Vehicle age and exposure to extreme temperatures can also permanently affect the available range. We provide more details in our guide on electric vehicle range here.


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Evaluating Battery Health

People sometimes refer to electric cars as a “battery on wheels” because the EV battery is typically the most expensive part in the car. For that reason, when searching for a used EV, you want to be sure that it has a battery that will last. Visit our in depth look at EV batteries for more information on the subject.


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The challenge: batteries are both literally and figuratively a black box. Used electric car shoppers often have difficulty evaluating the battery before buying a car. The best possible way to assess battery health would be to remove it from the car, ship it to a lab, and perform chemical testing. If that sounds costly, it would be! Without question, Recurrent Reports make assessing EV battery health much easier with the ability to compare the health of one vehicle to other similar vehicles.


Recurrent Reports for Range and Battery Health

EV Universe partners with Recurrent to offer free battery and range reports to our customers. For an example, look at different used EVs for sale on our website to see that car’s report. Recurrent Reports include lots of essential EV information, including:


  • Expected range for daily driving and estimates for different weather conditions
  • Range Score compares current expected range to what was normal when new
  • Battery warranty details along with remaining years or miles
  • Future range so you can see how the vehicle will age


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This information is different from what auto manufacturers provide. More specifically, the range estimate visible on the vehicle dashboard is based on recent driving habits. This is not a good indicator of future EV range, especially in different climates, which have a measurable impact on range. In a Recurrent Report, the vehicle range reflects the common range at temperatures experienced in your climate. It also factors in how that could change as the vehicle ages.


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Recurrent’s data spans brands to recognize details that a single manufacturer may not see or share. That data is compared to thousands of other actively connected vehicles, then evaluated by a team that has monitored these vehicles for 200,000,000 miles and counting. For Recurrent, the only objective is transparency for vehicle buyers and sellers.


Visit the Recurrent website for more information tailored to both EV buyers and sellers. As you consider used electric cars for sale, be sure to ask for Recurrent Reports. Open up the black box on range and battery health to buy your next EV with confidence!



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