BYD Increased Plug-In Electric Car Sales In January By 1,371%


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

Last month, BYD sold some 7,151 plug-in electric cars in China, which is the new high for the automaker for the month of January.

Last January (2017) the Chinese market was hit by changes in approval for incentives, which killed sales. Therefore, the 7,151 sold by BYD last month is tremendous in terms of growth (+1,371%).


When we compare the 7,151 to January 2016, we see growth of just 30% over two years, which is not that much, especially not in China.

January results are rather odd too due to the lack of all-electric car sales.

BYD sales breakdown:

  • Qin (PHEV) – 3,339
  • Song (PHEV) – 2,681 
  • Tang (PHEV) 1,089
  • e6 – 29
  • e5 – 13

Overall, BYD sold 42,159 cars last month, so the 7,151 plug-ins sold translates into 17% share.

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

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23 responses to "BYD Increased Plug-In Electric Car Sales In January By 1,371%"
  1. yogurt says:

    Good for BYD but unfortunately it looks like they might be getting pushed down permanently to new number 2 in China as a single BEV model from BAIC the EC180 out sold them with 7,870 sales in January…
    BYD is supposed to come out with a couple more BEV offerings this year but so is BAIC…

    1. Tom says:

      Yes and baic is making batteries, raleways, solar panels.

      BYD rulez.

  2. Benz says:

    PHEV doesn’t have a very sustainable future, it’s only temporary.

    BEV is sustainable.

    1. Prsnep says:

      How do you figure?

      1. Benz says:

        At some point in the future there will be no more petrol or diesel.

        Between 2040 and 2060?

        1. Vexar says:

          Well, there’s always biodiesel. I mean, if you want to water and grow food crops then process that into a combustion fuel, sure.

          Me, I’d rather use electricity. It’s simpler.

          1. Benz says:


            Electricity is much simpler.

            Not everybody knows that yet, but they will, eventually.

            1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

              Can you grow electricity in fields, seal and store over winter? 😉

              1. El Fantastico says:

                Figuratively speaking, yes, you could “grow” electricity (PV panels, albeit not very efficiently during the winter, but unlike crop electricity still “grows”) and store it (battery packs). 😉

                1. Benz says:

                  Fantastic reply



        2. wavelet says:

          That sounds about right… But that doesn’t change the fact that for the near future, PHEVs make more sense, especially for 1-vehicle households. 20-30 years (until BEVs, particularly batteries) until BEVs have batteries good enough (in terms of $/kWh and kg/kWh) for long-range vehicles, even in the larger form-factors. In the meantine 20-30 years is more than enough time to amortize several vehicle generations.

          I don’t know of anyone who has the slightest interest in the continued existence of the human race on the planet who thinks ICE will still be around outside museums in the next century.

          1. Benz says:

            Yes, PHEV’s can certainly be very useful to people in their personal daily driving.

            At least PHEV’s bring people closer to BEV’s.

            Many people who have driven PHEV’s will choose a BEV as their next car.

  3. Alex Clabburn says:

    Weird that the EV sales were practically zero. Perhaps shows that we are still in the era where subsidy timing and incentives have a huge role to play.

    1. rad says:

      Last January, the Chinese government was revising the list of the “approved” electric cars. Many people just waited until February or March to purchase. I’d wait a couple months to make sure I got several thousand dollars back.

      1. Benz says:

        I have read that the Chinese government has increased the incentive for long range BEV’s.

        That’s not looking good for BYD.

        1. Mikael says:

          That is great for BYD. Most of their plugins are ling range BEVs and they are the only car manufacturer that is also a manufacture their own batteries and cells.

  4. John says:

    PHEV = gas car. Most people never charges them.

    1. Mike A says:

      Sorry John, think you have it backwards;
      “PHEV = gas car. Most people never charges them”
      Why on earth would anyone pay thousands extra for a PHEV and not plug it in?
      I use battery power almost exclusively to the point where my Volt switched to gas on it’s own for a few miles to do “engine maintenance”, motor had sat for so many months unused. In the summer I use 100% battery and it falls to about 93% in winter. Probably common.

  5. John says:

    I hate PHEV’s!! They are always ICE’ing the chargers with their tiny batteries!

    1. Mikael says:

      Well, that’s perfect. They are then running on electricity as often as they can.

      It’s funny that PHEVs are “never charged” but anyway you get angry that they are always charging. 😉

      Slow public charging is for PHEVs, get over yourself. Fast charging is for BEVs.

  6. Roy_H says:

    “The [Chinese] government incentive for electric cars that have a range of 400 kilometers (249 miles) and beyond on a single charge has been raised to 50,000 yuan ($7,900) from 44,000 yuan, the finance ministry said in a statement dated Tuesday. At the same time, vehicles have to be able to go at least 150 kilometers on a single charge to be eligible for incentives, up from 100 kilometers previously.”

    The new BYD E6 is rated at 400km and the cheaper E5 at 256km.

    1. Roy_H says:

      I suspect that January sales were down as Chinese buyers waited to see the new government incentive schedules.

  7. Mike A says:

    Makes perfect sense.

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