777,000 Plug-In Electric Vehicles Were Sold in China in 2017, Including 600,000 Cars

FEB 13 2018 BY MARK KANE 18

Sales of New Energy Vehicles in China – December 2017

The official CAAM counter of New Energy Vehicles (all-electric and plug-in hybrids) shows 777,000 units sold in China in 2017.

BAIC EC-Series

The market expanded by 53.3% and plug-ins accounted for 2.7% of all vehicle sold in China last year.

“In 2017, the production and sales of new energy vehicles reached 794 thousand units and 777 thousand units respectively, increasing 53.8% and 53.3% year on year. The growth rates increased 2.1 percentage points and 0.3 percentage points. This year, the market share of NEVs reached 2.7%, 0.9 percentage points higher than that of last year.”

Plug-in passenger car sales amounted to 468,000 BEVs and 111,000 PHEVs – 579,000 total. The rest were commercial vehicles.

“To be specific, for passenger cars, the production and sales of BEV reached 478 thousand units and 468 thousand units, increasing 81.7% and 82.1% year on year; and such figures for PHEV were 114 thousand units and 111 thousand units, increasing 40.3% and 39.4% year on year.

For commercial vehicles, the production and sales of BEV reached 202 thousand units and 198 thousand units, increasing 17.4% and 16.3% year on year; and such figures for PHEV were both 14 thousand units, decreasing 24.9% and 26.6% year on year.”

Sales of New Energy Vehicles in China – December 2017

According to EV Sales Blog, total plug-in electric car sales in China hit 600,000 last year (at 2.1% average market share), including an all-time record of 102,600 in December (at 3.3% market share).

China accounted for around half of the total plug-in electric car sales worldwide last year.

BAIC EC-Series with 78,079 sales was the most popular model in China (and worldwide), while BYD was the most popular manufacturer with 108,612 plug-in sales.

Here is a comprehensive model rank provided by the EV Sales Blog:

Plug-in electric car sales in China (source: EV Sales Blog)

Source: EV Sales Blog

Categories: China, Sales


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18 Comments on "777,000 Plug-In Electric Vehicles Were Sold in China in 2017, Including 600,000 Cars"

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Another Euro point of view

This is why I am keeping more & more of a close watch on all what matters EVs in China as we obviously have a 800 lb gorilla in the room situation here with many of us still obsessed by the entertaining little poodle sitting next to it. Chinese EV technology for example is excellent, li-ion battery cells produced by Chinese firm CATL are as good as any, here link.


So they can mass produce developed tech very efficient. Nothing new here. GM and Ford get their EV batteries from Korea and even Tesla does them with Japanese Panasonic. But I bet the Chinese wont get fully autonomous tech other than buying it from US.

Only half sarcastic question; How far down is Tesla on the list?

Well then I guess that deserves a half sarcastic reply…

How outrageous are the prices of a Tesla in China where they receive a 25% import tax and then dont qualify for Chinas EV rebates…

Thanks Mr Clinton for signing a one sided free trade agreement…

Half sarcastic question:

Were 2018 EV incentives a part of 1990s era trade negotiations?

Why do we have 30% on solar panels?

Another I think it is dumb with the old car companies always saying they can swamp Tesla anytime they want.

Yet somehow they don’t mentioned all the Chinese manufacturers who already are selling thousands of cars.

The legacy companies could have put Tesla under 5 to 10 years ago but it is largely too late to do that now…

Ford and FCA still have pathetic EV plans for America so I would welcome the Chinese car companies to come to the US even though the one sided free trade agreement with them is totally unfair…

and wouldn’t you know that Ford and FCA are now involved in their own dieselgates here in the US with the EPA and lawsuits…

Unfortunately it is vastly under reported…

I believe China imposes a $25,000 tariff on EV imports. The Chinese love Tesla and Musk if they could get Model S and X for $25,000 less they would double there sales there.

Tesla actually sold 4,799 Model S and Model X in the first three months of 2017 in China. So I’m not sure why they wouldn’t have made this list.

The EV Sales blog might only be listing made in China EVs plus Tesla is not forthcoming with any exact sales figures…

This list is by vehicle, not manufacturer. Model X probably sold less than 10023 in 2017.

It should be noted that the BAIC EC-series shattered the world’s annual sales record for a single EV model, a record last broken by the Nissan Leaf in 2014 with a little over 60k sales.

Given that the EC-series only started a year ago, this is quite astounding, and promises an extremely exciting 2018 annual-crown race between at least 3 models from different countries (the EC, the Leaf, the Model 3), with the winner almost guaranteed to end up in 5-figure territory.

Kandi sold 14000, but left off the list? Only pure ev company listed on nasdaq KNDI extremely under valued

Looking forward to see a news article here on Inside EV’s about the Plug-In sales numbers in China in January 2018.

It will probably be less than December 2017, but not by much.


Benz China’s ev sales for January 2018 was 38470…
Source: Xinhua and CAAM

That’s much lower than 80,000.

Not even half of 80,000.

“26.753 EVs and 11.717 plug-in hybrids”