China Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Double

3 years ago by Mark Kane 15

China electric car market accelerates

China electric car market accelerates

Tesla Model S gets Charged In China

Tesla Model S gets Charged In China

According to China Electric Vehicle Industry Report by ResearchInChina, China plug-in car sales are accelerating.

Sales volume in the first half of the year already exceeds 20,000, which is more than in the whole of 2013. Expected 50,000 sales for 2014 mean that the market will likely be more than twice last year’s size.

“With the implementation of fiscal subsidies, demonstration and popularization, purchase tax exemption, local barriers-dismantling and other favorable policies, China’s electric vehicle market has seen accelerated development. In the first half of 2014, China’s electric vehicle sales volume exceeded 20,000, more than the last year’s total. Based on this, the sales volume throughout the year will be around 50,000, and the industry average growth rate will be maintained above 50% for years to come.”

ResearchInChina notes that up to date China’s strongest EV segment was buses. Now, thanks to a lot of incentives, the  passenger car market is dominated by electric taxis and a small quantity of official cars.

“Now, electric vehicles in China are mainly concentrated in the field of bus, the development of passenger car market is relatively lagging behind. China’s electric passenger car market used to be dominated by electric taxis and a small quantity of official cars, however, driven by the fiscal subsidy, purchase tax exemption and other good policies, and along with the continuous improvement of infrastructures e.g. charging station and charging pile, the electric car private consumption market has begun to grow fast.”

“Passenger vehicle enterprises in China have stepped up their layout in the field of electric vehicles; foreign companies are piling in, too.”

On the forefront, we see BYD, which sold almost 7,000 PHEV/BEV cars in the first half of 2014, from which most are Qin plug-in hybrids.

Tesla Motors delivered by end of June 1,545 Model S in China and, according to the report, expect 5,000s by the end of the year and 10,000 in 2015.

Source: ResearchInChina

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15 responses to "China Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Double"

  1. abc123 says:

    How is this good news if most of their electricity is from coal fired power plants?

    Why is China not going to next nuclear power plants?

    1. abc123 says:

      that should have read
      “Why is China not going to next gen nuclear power plants?”

    2. Nate says:

      Don’t forget to take into account the electricity they would be using anyway to refine gas & diesel in your analysis.

    3. Just_chris says:

      China invests more in RE than any other nation. The have the biggest hydro electric dam in the world and are building the biggest wind farm in the world. Yes they burn a lot of coal too but so does everyone else.

      1. Mikael says:

        “Everyone else” doesn’t burn a lot of coal. Most countries (which there are any statistics for) in the world burn no or very little coal for electricity generation.
        Around 35 countries get over 25% of their electricity from coal.
        Around 20 countries are over the 50% line.

        The problem is not that a lot of countries use coal. It’s that there are a few countries burning loads of coal.

        China, India and the US burn somewhere around 70% of all coal burned in the world.

        Add Russia, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Germany, Australia, Poland. Then you have 87% of all coal burned… from just the “top 10” countries.

        Add Kazakhstan, the UK, Ukraine, Indonesia, Turkey and Canada and you are reaching more than 92% of the world coal consumption.

        Everyone need to do their part, but there are a selected few who will make all the difference since they are burning basically all the coal.

  2. ffbj says:

    The Chinese government plans to increase nuclear generating capacity to 58 GWe with 30 GWe more under construction by 2020. China has completed construction and commenced operation of 17 new nuclear power reactors over 2002-13, and some 30 new reactors are either under construction or likely to be so by the end of 2014. These include the world’s first four Westinghouse AP1000 units and a demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant. Many more are planned, with construction due to start within about three years. China is commencing export marketing of a largely indigenous reactor design. R&D on nuclear reactor technology in China is second to none.
    It is true that currently around 70% of electricity production in China is by coal fired power plants. With new restrictions on dirty coal, the planned natural gas pipeline from Russia, and many wind and solar projects in the works, they are moving in the right direction, though this will take decades to come to fruition.

    1. bill howland says:

      The trouble with the AP1000 Westinghouse design, is that, while simplified, and able to run 3 days unattended, it also has features run up to the ‘bitter spec’. But, to their credit, the Chinese are no doubt aware of this whether they publicly state it or not, seeing as they’re uprating the design to around 1400 mwe. This is part of the technology transfer that Westinghouse undoubtedly agreed to.

      China, while building more of everything, including Nuclear, Coal, Hydro, is also set a goal for itself of a HUGE amount of solar panels. So looks like no dumping of cheap solar panels anymore in the USA since China will use up all available panels themselves.

      Tesla sales figures will soon be sold the majority in China, since last month (aug) only 1800 were sold in the states vs 2300 last year (although ytd sales are up slightly). China’s car market is so huge, and the demand for clean cars is so huge, that in only a few years time, China will be the only market that really matters to Tesla, as privately, other automakers mainly care about what China sales are and don’t care too much about elsewhere.

      1. DaveMart says:

        it also has features run up to the ‘bitter spec’.

        ? What’s that?

        1. Bill Howland says:

          “A significant concern is that the AP1000 containment is designed for 59 pounds of pressure and the accident calculations analysis is for 58.3 pounds of pressure.”

          That kind of thing. I have no doubt the Chinese will ‘robustify’ the Chinese AP1400, so to speak. Of course, there’s always the generic issue of “ROUTINE RELEASES” which the nuclear industry NEVER talks about, and the fact the ‘routine’ refuelling briefly lets escape daughter products 1000x the legal limit. Which probably explains why its dangerous for children to live within 3 miles of a nuclear plant. Apparently, each and every day there is not out of the ordinary exposure, but when the reactor is shut down, watch out. Its also ‘convenient’ that tritium cannot be measured in water. Of course, the reason that none of this can be seen, heard, or smelled is also very convenient, as is delayed death. But there’s a lot of delayed death on the west cost of North America lately. But that’s old news. The thing that’s new is plenty of laymen are starting to have their eyes opened.

  3. vadik_veselovsky says:

    China is investing huge amounts in solar and wind, in wind they are by far the world leader this year and I am sure for the years to come.

    It goes nicely hand in hand with development of BEVs if you think nature.

  4. DaveMart says:

    In addition to the above points China is also building a pebble bed reactor, which is due to come on line next year the last I heard.

    They are also demo-ing a molten salt reactor, both one using that as a coolant and one where it contains the fuel, albeit the latter in a small scale reactor.

    The difference these make is that they can be mostly built on a production line, then taken on site and assembled.

    In addition high temperature ones such as the pebble bed may directly replace coal plants using existing turbines etc.

    That means that China can replace coal really fast if it wants to, although to be sure that would mean capital write offs.

    The PBR could also be used to produce hydrogen.

    I have argued on this blog that the energy comparisons used to indicate that BEV car are way more efficient than fuel cell ones are flawed, as they are largely based on the notion that solar can be used, and that simply is not available a lot of the time when it is needed, so that one gets into storage issues and the efficiency advantage disappears.

    That is not the case for nuclear as the power is available 24/7, and the efficiency advantage of BEVs is real as they can be juiced up directly without substantial storage issues.

    Both France and Sweden swapped to nuclear for the majority of their electricity which was not hydro in just over a decade.

    China, which was able to deploy a high speed rail network in a similar time linking up almost all of that vast country, can certainly do the same with nuclear in a similar time frame, and in addition can use solar for peaking power in the summer.

    Exciting times!

  5. DaveMart says:

    Musk had better watch his step.
    If he shows the same tact in China as he typically does elsewhere he will find it gets very chilly awfully fast.

    At the stroke of a pen, or a brush, local content regulations can be changed and kill Tesla.

    Up for grabs is a mooted 30% share of public employees car needs, which is on its own perhaps equivalent to the entire demand of a medium sized country.

    Local content rules being implemented in that would on its own give the likes of BYD massive economies of scale.

    That would also apply to Western companies other than Tesla with Chinese manufacturing, who are well used to operating in China.

    Putting your foot in your mouth is not a good idea.

    1. Phr3d says:

      His interview and the rather grand apology for ‘delivering late’ speak well to his own personal discovery of that issue.
      That he has succeeded at All in China speaks well.

  6. Curtis Ling says:

    this may be the first PHEV outside of the outlander to get some rally actio