BYD In China: Another Month, Another 11,000 Plug-In EV Sales

OCT 27 2017 BY MARK KANE 12

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China (estimated) – September 2017

Sales are high.  Sales are consistent.

For the past four months, BYD’s plug-in electric vehicles sales in China have been stuck around 11,000, which isn’t that bad of a place to be “stuck” at…at least compared to other plug-in manufacturers.


We are not sure why sales have anchored somewhat at the 11,000 mark, but let’s look inside the numbers.

The 11,307 sales in September (a new record) was 12% higher than a year ago, and in total, BYD has already delivered 68,000 plug-in vehicles in China for 2017 –  this despite a government-stunted start to the year.

The top selling model for the company in September, was the plug-in hybrid Song DM, which at 3,745 registrations, takes 43% of total Song sales. The Song EV300 adds another 372 units on top, bringing the model’s ‘plug-in total’ north of 4,000 units.

Coming in second place last month for BYD was the new Qin, with a greater all-electric range (up to 62 miles/100 km).   The Qin PHEV’s 3,554 sales was the car’s best result since a record 4,030 were sold in July of 2015.

BYD sales breakdown (some results estimated):

  • Song PHEV – 3,745 (19,846 YTD)
  • Qin – 3,554 (7,720 YTD)
  • e5 – 2,288 (18,153 YTD)
  • Tang 1,077 (10,416 YTD)
  • Song EV300 – 372  (3,348 YTD)
  • e6 – 156 (3,957 YTD)
  • Qin EV300 – 115 (4,633 YTD)

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China (estimated) – September 2017

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12 Comments on "BYD In China: Another Month, Another 11,000 Plug-In EV Sales"

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When will BYD start selling it’s Plug-Ins in the US, in Europe, Japan, etc.?

If you mean cars, probably not going to happen anytime soon. BYD can’t pass stringent safety standards in those countries

They were ready to sell cars in the US nearly 7 years ago, and safety was a non-issue, but every time they make an entrance, a mob of people making wild accusations of paying $1 an hour (real suit that BYD contested and won)

My guess is that BYD has bigger fish to catch in China’s red hot market and they don’t feel the need to put in all the PR sweat to try and force into the US’s 150k a year market.

I just want cheap batteries!

Not necessarily. At least some of their cars (the e6 BEV MPV/CUV) already has EU homologation. Not sure exactly what additional stuff would be needed for US homologation, but it can’t be any of the major safety systems, since those are the same in both jurisdictions. Also note there are BYD E6 taxi fleets in several US cities already, and I don’t expect the states involved would give significant safety waivers for vehicles carrying passengers for hire.

BYD had already announced market entry in the US back in 2010, and later canceled, citing charging infrastructure — but the more likely reason is that the US market ended up being smaller than anticipated; it made more business sense for them to concentrate on existing markets rather than invest in a dealer/service infrastructure.

It makes sense for them to enter in 1-2 years, if the cars can be sold at a low enough price… And they’re still doing the bus thing.

Maybe they will try again in 2020?

Is BYD still using lithium iron phosphate batteries? Until they change that I don’t see them being competitive.

LiFePO4 is a lot cheaper, safer, lasts a lot longer (both in time and cycles) and has no need for Congolese child- and slave labor.
So they will most definitely not give that up.
But they will probably add more chemistries for different uses.

However, LiFePo4 has a huge weight disadvantage compared to other Li chemistries, causing a potential performance problem vis-a-vis other carmakers’ BEVs. Remains to be seen what BYD will do about that.

They are still using it for buses and energy storage. But they switched to NCA chemistry for their PHEVs

Australia is extremely desperate for electric vehicles. Our stupid government won’t do anything. HELP!!