Battery electric car choice quadruples over past five years
The choice of battery electric car models in Britain has quadrupled in the past five years, the SMMT has reported.
There are now around 80 electric models available across every vehicle segment – compared with just 21 in 2018. As result, almost one in four car models is available as a battery electric vehicle (BEV).
The vast variety of options has inspired more than three quarters of a million drivers to make the switch, with new BEV registrations up by more than a quarter (25.6%) from this time last year.
On top of the huge number of available BEV models, drivers looking to cut their carbon while on the move can also choose from 94 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and 42 hybrid (HEV) models – meaning electrified vehicles comprise almost two-thirds of all models available.
The average distance an electric car can travel on a single charge is now 236 miles, while for new models coming to the market for the first time in 2023, it is almost 300 miles – around three times the average distance driven per week.3 Models are also available with ranges in excess of 450 miles.
There are now 23 models of electric van, 14 models of zero emission buses powered by electric or hydrogen, and even 20 models of electric truck now available in the UK as the nation heads towards 2035, which will see the end of sale of all non-zero emission vehicles weighing less than 26 tonnes.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "Britain’s drivers are benefitting from the massive investment made by manufacturers over many years to deliver an electric car choice for every need. We now require a framework that ensures everyone can benefit from zero emission mobility. These vehicles already offer an outstanding driving experience but motorists should have lower total running costs, no matter where they live or work, with fair taxation that inspires instead of impedes. With infrastructure provision accelerated ahead of need, the UK can have a healthy, vibrant market, with ever more model choice to keep the UK as a world leader in net zero transport."