SMMT survey reports six-fold increase in BEV models available over last decade

Thu 23 May 2024 View all news

A new analysis by SMMT shows that there are now 102 battery electric models available to choose from, compared with just 16 in 2014. Almost a third of models on the new car market today are available with a zero emissions option.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' analysis shows that there are zero emission options available in every car segment – from superminis to compact crossovers, luxury saloons and sportscars – with the choice set to grow still further thanks to a slew of electric model launches expected in the coming years.

The SMMT says that the UK is Europe’s second largest new electric car market by volume; the number of zero emission cars on UK roads rose to a record 960,896 in 2023 while the used BEV market also set a new high in the first quarter of 2024.

SMMT's analysis shows that the average BEV range is now 236 miles, rising to nearer 300 for models launching this year. Some model variants already on sale have maximum battery ranges in excess of 450 miles, more than three times the average distance drivers travel in a week.

Despite the availability of new models on the market, SMMT comments that demand has plateaued so far in 2024, with more than eight in 10 car buyers still choosing other powertrains – mostly petrol or hybrid.

SMMT says that measures to tackle the main barriers to greater uptake are needed. 

Chief Executive Mike Hawes said: "The industry can only do so much on its own, however, and if we are to make EVs open to all and drive the net zero transformation we all need, further support is required. It’s time to reform taxes on these vehicles, to make public charging more affordable, quicken the pace of chargepoint rollout...and put to bed some of the myths about these crucial vehicles. 

"Action is also needed on infrastructure, with greater nationwide chargepoint installation essential for consumer confidence."

Image: Courtesy SMMT


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