More Than 350,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Sold In China For 2016

5 months ago by Mark Kane 16

BYD Tang

BYD Tang

China once again outclassed the rest of the world, at least in terms of plug-in car sales in 2016.

EV Sales Blog reports that 2016 ended with nearly 351,900 sales, including a whopping 44,874 in December (up 27% year-over-year)!

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – 2016 (source: EV Sales Blog)

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – 2016 (source: EV Sales Blog)

That’s around 46% of the total EV sales made around the world, and if growth continues (relative to its peers), in 2017 more than 50% of all sales will originate in China.

As you can see on the chart, BYD took not only 28% of the Chinese plug-in car market, but also put three models on the medal podium – a significant achievement taking into consideration there are some 70 models for sale in the region.

The best selling model for December, and new monthly record holder, is the Geely Emgrand EV – an all-electric model with a 45 kWh battery, and over 250 km range, with 6,023 registrations in December!

Geely is also the parent of Volvo.

Also of interest, Tesla kicked off volume Model X sales in China, and logged just over 1,000 registrations.

We would like to note also that an estimated 115,700 all-electric buses (of all kinds) sold in 2016. Yutong bus company delivered more than 21,400, while BYD sold just under 15,000

source: EV Sales Blog

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16 responses to "More Than 350,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Sold In China For 2016"

  1. speculawyer says:

    BYD has the absolute WORST photoshop artists.

    Amazing EV sales in China though. I think the Chinese government is pushing VERY hard to make sure they don’t get addicted to oil. They don’t have a good supply of oil so they are much better off using electricity for cars since that can be made with hydropower, wind, solar PV, nuclear, tidal, geothermal, natural gas, etc.

  2. Just_Chris says:

    That is a pretty impressive list of cars/SUV’s. I am still of the opinion that we are only one model refresh from some of these car being available internationally in a big way. The Tang and the Qin could be really good sellers if the cost could be kept low and the quality improved slightly. I don’t need a flat screen in my car and would happily pay $5 or $10k less to have a PHEV with a decent range and less flashy interior.

    1. Yogurt says:

      http://fortune.com/2017/01/19/chinese-automaker-byd-america/

      BYD is working on international sales but they have been for several years…
      Their Tang and Qin both PHEV sales also crashed in the second half of the year while their cheaper BEV sales went up…

  3. Taylor Marks says:

    Tesla Model S went from ~4000 Chinese sales in 2015 to 7548 in 2016. That seems like some pretty healthy growth.

    I wonder if the Model 3 will rocket to the top once it begins Chinese deliveries… it’s my understanding that Tesla plans to expand Model 3 deliveries to China before Europe, so maybe we’ll see them in 2018?

  4. Mike says:

    So OPEC was predicting something like 1.7 million EVs by 2020. If there are 600,000 in the US so far, 350,000 in China this year alone (don’t know what the previous totals were), 100,000 or so in Europe,… Have we officially passed that estimate 3 years early? Maybe Bloomberg’s 7 million is going to be close.

    1. Scott says:

      I see over 800k in China and over 350k in the EU cumulative. With 550-600k in US, I would say “Yes”, we are at or have just passed 1.7 million. Furthermore, with a growth rate between 25 and 30% from here out we hit 7 million in 2020. Shouldn’t be too hard to do.

    2. Leaf2012 says:

      “100 000 or so in Europe”

      I will just add that Norway is also a European country and passed 100 000 BEV last year

    3. Mikael says:

      Both Europe and China are ahead of the US in cummulative sales.

  5. Nix says:

    There was a ton of trash talk a number of years ago about whether BYD would be able to sell in the US. But now BYD is doing so well, you wonder why BYD would even bother with the US market.

    We are a lousy market to risk selling EV’s. The party in power shows no signs of supporting the EV industry, while throwing massive support behind oil and coal. US EV sales numbers keep falling behind China’s rapid growth. ICE car makers are actively fighting against pro-EV regulations and are lobbying for rules that make selling EV’s harder. There are active regulatory campaigns against solar and wind power, while trying to grow oil and coal.

    1. Mat says:

      The US just signed off on the demise of their electric car industry with the election of Mr. Trump. No chance to export either, once all countries put a 20% import tax on American goods in retaliation.
      I for one would not drive an American-made car under the current circumstance, even if it were free.

  6. JR says:

    I must say that I am impressed at the speed adopting these car, specially the public transport that is amazing.
    Dear Transport minister of DK Please remove all diesel buses from Copenhagen. the sooner the better!

  7. veselin says:

    Do’s anybody knows how much is the oil offset?
    Like 1m plug in cars on the road / barel per day less.

    1. Mikael says:

      A drop in the ocean.

  8. John says:

    If those buses are all electric, my math says that is about a barrel of oil per day per bus. So on the order of 100,000 barrels per day of oil off the market. Total world market is about 100 million barrels per day, so China’s buses from 2016 alone could be 0.1% of world oil demand offset. That’s incredible.

    Last time I did the math, Teslas are at 9,000 barrels per day.

  9. John says:

    If those buses are all electric, my math says that is about a barrel of oil per day per bus. So on the order of 100,000 barrels per day of oil off the market. Total world market is about 100 million barrels per day, so China’s buses from 2016 alone could be 0.1% of world oil demand offset. That’s incredible.

    Last time I did the math, Teslas are at 9,000 barrels per day.

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