Today, Recurrent, a leading analyst in the used electric vehicle (EV) sector, published its annual winter range report. This comprehensive analysis examines the actual range of popular EVs in freezing temperatures, drawing insights from over 10,000 vehicles in the Recurrent community across the United States. Additionally, tens of thousands of data points from on-board devices contribute to understanding energy usage.
Key highlights from the report include the significance of heat pump technology in extending EV range, particularly in temperatures as low as 14°F. The Hyundai Kona consistently surpasses EPA estimates, while the Audi e-tron stands out for experiencing the least range drop in cold conditions.
The analysis also offers enhanced insights for new owners of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 Lightning, Hyundai Kona EV, Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6.
Andrew Garberson, Recurrent’s head of marketing, emphasized the need for EV owners to adjust their range expectations during colder weather. “The lesson here for EV owners is to adapt range expectations during cold weather rather than simply being afraid of winter,” said Garberson. “A trip that requires charging to 70% in September might mean charging to 90% in February. This seasonal fluctuation also continues to be less impactful as manufacturers learn from early models and introduce new technology.”
The report encompasses insights from various models, including Audi e-tron, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford F-150 Lightning, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Hyundai Kona, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia EV6, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model Y, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, VW e-Golf, and VW ID.4.