BYD Plug-In Electric Car Sales Surge To 7,000 In November

DEC 11 2015 BY MARK KANE 9

BYD Tang

BYD Tang

November was an especially strong month for plug-in electric car sales for BYD.

The Chinese manufacturer delivered nearly 7,000 plug-in cars – 6,948.

That’s not only a new high, but nearly 5,000 more than one year ago. China’s plug-in electric car market seems to be at full swing now.

Plug-in hybrid BYD Tang SUV set a new record too at 4,049, while BYD Qin remains stable at 2,021.

BYD’stwo all-electric cars – e5 and e6 – achieved 379 and 499, respectively.

BYD is also engaged in the Denza JV with Daimler. As it turns out, a record 715 all-electric Denzas were sold last month! So far this year over 2,000 Denzas have been delivered, compared to over 48,500 BYD plug-ins.

DENZA plug-in electric car sales in China – November 2015

DENZA plug-in electric car sales in China – November 2015

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Gratz to them.

2016 will be very interesting with regard to Plug-In sales, and not only in China, but in Europe and North America as well.

When is that production capacity going to have an effect on sales elsewhere? As it did with solar pv.

I’m much of the view that EV success will be measured in the main stream, not the upper and premium markets. Perhaps it will be the Chinese manufacturers who will be the disruptors.

BYD are doing mostly premium and upper markets but it’s possible that they will move toward a lower segment too in the future.

They are already affecting some with their bus and taxi sales in Europe and North America but it will get really interesting when they get into the regular car business in those regions.

BYD has to attain credibility in the U.S. car business. They started as a battery company then bought a car company, they have a long way to go.

That’s a good start. Now they just have to clean up their grid. Right now they are at 63% coal which isn’t ideal. They do have about 22% hydropower. With that mix the well-to-wheel emissions (not local)of an EV are still about the same as an average gas car.

One hopes that as EV adoption increases in China as a means to clean up local urban emissions that the grid will follow at the same pace.

Something they are working hard at. Sometimes people lose a bit of the perspective too. China’s electricity mix is pretty similar to Germany’s, the big differences in 2014 being that Germany has ~14 percentage points more of Nuclear (which they are getting rid of and China are adding).
And that some of the fossil fuels in Germany are by natural gas where they are coal in China.

So it’s not all that unlikely that they will sprint past Germany in clean electricity in a few years time.

The climate in China’s populated regions may not be favorable to endless increases in solar/wind. I expect the government to push colonization of its western regions where those will be more viable; huge new cities are appearing out there to exploit the New Silk Road of inner-Eurasian trade.

The fast solution is to replace coal with natural gas like the US did. But then you have the problem of all the gas leaks along the distribution chain. China’s pipeline network is approaching Iran, which has a lot more future upside in gas than oil.

Any alternative is better than an earthquake-prone region full of cut-rate nuclear reactors surrounded by a billion people with no place to evacuate to. Despite all this talk about safe wonder reactors in China, we’ve seen that the two nuclear superpowers couldn’t run a reactor competently, nor could the great engineering miracle of the late 20th century, Japan. The problem is not just the technology, it’s the mentality of the industry.

It’s not hard to build lots of massive ultra high voltage transmission lines from the western part. Costly but not hard. So they will keep increasing power generation in the western parts. And they will most likely not populate those regions in significant numbers to reduce the population density in the east. Most newly added non-fossil generated electricity comes from hydro and that expansion will keep on growing for a while. Wind and solar are still a very small part and even with the massive installations they are doing it will take a number of years before it will have enough significance that they need to think about how to continue. The solar being spread over 4 hours of time zones helps a lot too. Nuclear will be of great help too as the least killing and one of the least polluting energy sources. A steady plan is put in motion for the next five years for nuclear to increase its share of electricity generated. And what is even more important is the number of plants they will be able to export in the future to help the environment. Replacing coal with gas could be a viable and fast short-term… Read more »