But the fact remains that more Brits than ever are already making the switch. Data recently published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that 14,200 pure electric vehicles were bought from January to August 2019. This is up 71% compared with the same period in 2018. In some cases, the supply of EVs is outstripped by this surge in demand. The hugely popular Kia e-Niro and Hyundai KONA, for instance, both sold out within weeks of going on sale, with both manufacturers having to put a freeze on future orders.