New data has revealed that British drivers now have more choice than ever when it comes to buying a new electric vehicle (EV).

New analysis from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that there are now 102 models of new electric vehicle available to customers that classify as ‘zero emission’ vehicles.

The numbers show that so far this year, demand for new EVs has increased by 10.6% – meaning that more than 100,000 drivers have made the witch to electric in 2024.

Almost a third (29.3%) of all models on the new car market available are listed as zero emission.

SMMT have also highlighted the importance of increased range for new EVs, and why the issue of ‘range anxiety’ is decreasing with British drivers.

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Their data shows that the average EV range is now 236 miles, rising to nearer 300 for models launching later this year.

In fact, some models available to customers have maximum battery ranges in excess of 450 miles.

This is more than three times the average distance drivers travel in a week across Britain.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, commented: “Manufacturers are delivering on their promises to drive down emissions and bring ever more electric car choice to consumers. More than 100 models are now available across every segment – a six-fold increase on 10 years ago – showing the pace of change.

“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.

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