BYD Achieves 6th Straight Plug-In Electric Car Sales Record

DEC 13 2018 BY MARK KANE 23

30,000 sales per month is just around the corner

In November, BYD once again set a new monthly sales record of plug-in electric cars in China. In total, 28,793 were sold (about 2,800 more than in October), which is 123% more than a year ago. The pace of growth is astounding.

Plug-ins now represents 58% of total BYD car sales (compared to about 30% year ago), which brings the company closer to entirely getting rid of ICE models at some point in the future.

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – November 2018

With 190,142 sales in China so far this year (up 105% year-over-year), BYD is on track to exceed the goal of 200,000 for 2018 by a huge margin.

BYD offers six plug-in models. Two of those models are available in both BEV and PHEV versions, so a total of eight options.

Three models noted all-time records.

BYD sales breakdown:

  • Tang PHEV – 6,405 (3rd straight new record)
  • Yuan BEV – 6,188 (6th month on the market and 6th straight new record)
  • e5 – 5,573 (2nd straight new record)
  • Qin PHEV – 3,912 + 1,331 BEV
  • Song PHEV – 3,075 + 1,235 BEV
  • e6 – 1,020

PHEV and BEVs are selling similarly:

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23 Comments on "BYD Achieves 6th Straight Plug-In Electric Car Sales Record"

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BYD is doing great.

Better than some other Chinese electric car manufacturers,Especially the new forces of EV-making in china.

just bought my first share of BYD, with VW’s and GM’s investment announcements, do we think they will survive that transition to electric/ worth investing in?

Depends on what you mean by “survive”. I don’t think they’ll make it without government assistance. I don’t expect the US government to have any appetite to bail out GM again. So I think GM is gone.

VW, not so sure. I’ve heard from several people that the German government will bail VW out if they have trouble. But then… what happens to shareholders of VW in that scenario? Not sure. Probably won’t be pretty.

Another Euro point of view

Big sales figure now with Pluggin sales in China it seems it always start very slowly in the beginning of the year then ends (Q4) with very high numbers. Saw this pattern several years meaning that first quarter 2019 could very well be a bit disappointing again.

or it can continue and that would be the shift

It’s only disappointing if you expected something different…

IIRC 2019 will see another cut in subsidies, meaning there will be an even larger dip, like in 2017.

well, yeah, of course, that’s chinese new year. one time of the year, even chinese megacities are pretty much empty.

Seems like BYD isn’t actually growing. They doubled their plugin sales, but their percentage of all vehicles that are plugins also doubled. Suggesting no growth in the company as a whole – just a one for one replacement of ordinary ICE vehicles with plugins.

They actually grew ~15% compared to last November, if my maths is right. Quite an achievement in a contracting overall market…

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Have any of BYD’s vehicles passed US crash tests?

As long as they don’t sell cars there there is little reason to do a US crash test. Once they start selling there they will pass US crash tests.

A larger question is how they will fare on the tougher and more advanced European safety test. But since they have their own state of the art crash and safety testing facility they will come prepared…

Yes safety ratings are important. It makes one wonder why Ford put the 2015 – 2017 Mustang on the world market with a 2 star rating.

Better than the Fiat Panda though which has just been assessed at zero stars.

Euro-NCAP doesn’t list any BYD

Tang EV600 is coming soon!
An electrified version of the Tang SUV, which previously only came as conventional ICE or a plug-in hybrid, InsideEVs reports the Tang EV 600’s range can be attributed to a 82.8 kWh battery. Though it’ll reportedly have a range up to 373 miles, the electric vehicle-focused site says the “more realistic maximum will probably be around 500 km (310 miles).”

Its dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain (360 kW total) enables acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds. Chinese manufacturer envisioned also 30-minute fast recharge.

The pure electric Tang will be available in five and seven-seat (2+3+2) versions.

I saw that Tang on the top photo and thought ” Wow that is a pretty snazzy looking sport wagon. I wonder how well it would compare to something like the new Audi?” I would be interested in seeing someone like Bjorn Nygard give it a review. I think demand would be strong if it were well designed, built, and not ridiculously expensive.

BYD is selling the E6 as only BEV outside of China, Tang and Qin PHEV might show up in Asian countries like Philippines, where the old version Tang-1 leftover stock is offered.
So there will be no chance of Bjorn Nyland to test something from BYD in Norway.

Aren’t they selling an electric bus outside China too?

Yep, in Schiphol EV busses. There is an also an european BYD website and in Brussel there are byd taxies driving around

The taxis are the E6, the only BYD BEV passenger car sold in North America and Europe.

And yes BYD is producing E-buses — but I doubt Bjorn Nyland will test drive those 40-footers around his usual test routes ……

you are right on, BYD’s head of designer happens to be Wolfgang Egger, former head designer for Audi group.

China’s new energy vehicle sales have crossed 1 million mark this year if we include the heavy vehicles as well.
Light duty vehicles, probably 135,000 were sold this last month which could take the yearly total to 885,000 which means 1 million mark among light duty vehicles is a reality by the end of the year.

2019 could be whole lot interesting as many more new EVs are coming in China, but in USA we have to look on Tesla for the increase and little bit from Jaguar, other than these 2 no one is going to churn out.

BYD sold 28,793 units while Tesla sold 24,600 units in US alone.
If they sold another 4,193 units in other countries, then the Tesla’s 14,000 lead over BYD will continue.