BYD Still Struggling To Sell As Many EVs As A Year Ago
It is a problem that a year ago would have almost been unthinkable. For April 2017, BYD once again was unable to sell as many plug-in electric cars in China as year ago – its the 5th consecutive monthly drop against previous numbers…after always having shown large gains previously.
The sales drop last month amounted to 19%.
The overall result of 5,815 plug-ins sold was also lower than in March, when it seemed that BYD had started to sort out government-induced demand problems. Apparently, not quite the case.
Most of the sales for April were all-electric cars – 3,972, while plug-in hybrids takes just 1,843.
One thing is for sure, if China wants to hit its goal of ~800,000 total new plug-ins on the road in 2017 (commercial vehicles included), it will need BYD to turn things around…and fast!
BYD sales breakdown:
- e5 – 2,512 (4,489 YTD)
- Tang – 1,534 (4,340 YTD)
- e6 – 821 (2,080 YTD)
- Qin EV300 – 639 (2,685 YTD)
- Qin – 309 (940 YTD)
After four months, BYD has delivered less than 15,000 plug-in cars (compared to about 24,000 in 2016).