BYD Sold 100,000 EVs In 2016, But December Was Weak (relatively speaking)

3 months ago by Mark Kane 5

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2016

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2016

BYD sold about 100,000 plug-in electric cars in China last year, which is 70% more than the ~59,000 moved in 2015, and the best result globally (by far) among all automakers.

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

However the good news ends there, as December was the second month in a row that the company failed to live up to sales expectations.

Last month’s result was actually a 22% drop year-over-year with just 7,798 EVs sold; again, a great result for anyone…anyone but BYD.

The sales issues first appeared in November, and we expressed some concern that BYD would not be able to return its more recent 5-month streak of 10,000+ monthly sales, at least until new models became available.

The best selling model for BYD in 2016 was the Tang plug-in hybrid with more than 31,400 sales, but as you can from the sales data below for December, the company’s all-electric models are currently selling better.

BYD December sales breakdown:

  • e6 – 2,528 (20,605 total)
  • e5 – 2,420 (15,639 total)
  • Qin EV300 –  519 (21,623 total)
  • Tang 1,510 (31,405 total)
  • Qin821 (10,656 total)
BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2016

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2016

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2016

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2016

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30 responses to "BYD Sold 100,000 EVs In 2016, But December Was Weak (relatively speaking)"

  1. cmina says:

    I’m glad to see that when considering global sales for specific cars, BYD’s EV models didn’t manage to outsell the Model S .. a bit unexpected for me ..

    http://www.hybridcars.com/tesla-model-s-is-worlds-best-selling-plug-in-car-for-second-year-in-a-row/

  2. Roy_H says:

    Their BEV models are selling well, but the sharp drop-off of the PHEV models show a strong market shift. PHEVs were always an interim step to BEVs as newer BEVs have longer range and having two power trains in one vehicle is not efficient.

  3. Sy Gung Ho says:

    Note that this is not due to a drop of EV sales in China, but of tightening competition from many rising companies in China. For example, suddenly, in December Geely sold over 6,000 EVs.

  4. Lancaster, Ca says:

    The BYD cars will never out sell anyone IN The U.S.. Until they can pass a U.S. DOT inspection. Good luck with that the busses that are built here barley stay together going down the road.

  5. Bedford says:

    Sure Lancaster nice try!! Next time get your facts straight

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