BYD Sold Over 13,000 Plug-In Electric Cars In May
Just like in the two previous months, in May BYD sold more than 13,000 plug-in electric cars in China.
In total, some 13,388 plug-in cars were sold (a new high this year for BYD), which is 55% more than a year ago (but the lowest pace of growth so far this year).
In May and April, 36% of total BYD car sales seem to be plug-in models, excluding the low-volume Denza BEVs (joint venture with Daimler).
Because BYD already delivered nearly 55,000 plug-in cars in China (up 135% year-over-year), we believe that the result for the full year will be no lower than 150,000 (it was >108,000 in 2017). In fact, the company hopes for 200,000.
In May, the best selling New Energy Vehicle from BYD was the Qin PHEV, which almost hit a new record. The e5 and Song PHEV stayed strong too.
BYD sales breakdown:
- Qin PHEV – 4,496 + 1,045 BEV
- e5 – 3,883
- Song PHEV – 3,268
- Tang PHEV – 411
- e6 – 285
It’s expected that the all-new Tang PHEV will have a big sales splash in June, while the new all-electric compact SUV Yuan EV360 probably will appear in the stats in July. Those two models could add thousands of new sales a month.
The Yuan EV360 will be available with two powertrain options (both with permanent magnet synchronous motor):
- 70 kW and 180 Nm
- 160 kW and 360 Nm (0-50 km/h or 31 mph in 3.9 seconds)
The “360” in the name means 360 km (224 miles) of range at speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). BYD says that one could expect a range of 305 km (190 miles), but with only a 42 kWh battery, that seems optimistic. On the positive side is that BYD developed a liquid-cooled battery.
As the entire lineup is going to be refreshed, the all-electric cars will get improved range:
- BYD Song EV400 – 360 km (223 miles), or 400 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise
- BYD Qin EV450 – 400 km (248 miles), or 450 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise
- BYD e5 450 – 400 km (248 miles), or 450 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise