EV Sales In China Hits Record 44,000 In June

JUL 24 2016 BY MARK KANE 19

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

New Energy Vehicle (plug-in electric vehicles) sales in China more than doubled in June, to about 44,000 – which is over 2.1% of all vehicle sales that month.

As always, all-electrics (BEVs) continue to dominate the plug-in demographics, notching over three-fourths the total (34,000), while the remaining 10,000 are plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

The largest manufacturer is BYD, which sold no less than 10,000 plug-in cars (plus buses and trucks) on its own.

“According to the statistics made by CAAM, in June, the production and sales of new energy vehicles reached 45 thousand units and 44 thousand units respectively, increasing 107.4% and 107.3% year on year.

To be specific, the production and sales of BEV reached 35 thousand units and 34 thousand units, increasing 126.1% and 126.6% year on year; and such figures for PHEV were both 10 thousand units, increasing 61.3% and 61.8% year on year.”

Some 170,000 plug-ins have now been sold this the year – 126% more than year ago. June’s surge also sees China’s market account for more than 1 out of 2 EVs sold worldwide overall in 2016 …and the first six months of the year are the slow ones in China!

“For the first half, the production and sales of new energy vehicles reached 177 thousand units and 170 thousand units respectively, increasing 125.0% and 126.9% year on year. To be specific, the production and sales of BEV reached 134 thousand units and 126 thousand units, increasing 160.8% and 161.6% year on year; and such figures for PHEV were 43 thousand units and 44 thousand units, increasing 57.1% and 64.2% year on year.”

We should note that the total CAAM tally does include some plug-in sales not “classically” included in the traditional EV sales totals reported worldwide (buses, commercial/heavy), so it is not a true “apples-to-apples” comparison.

Sales of New Energy Vehicles in China – January-June 2016

Sales of New Energy Vehicles in China – January-June 2016

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i’m a bit confused about this article. i thought byd sold phev’s. what kinds of bev’s are being sold in china to make up the 34,000?

BYD does account for more than half of all PHEV sales in China (thanks to the Tang and Qin notching some ~6,200 sales in June).

That said, everything else is mostly all-electrics.

Here is the top 5 (out of several dozen) for BEVs in June:
1) Kandi EV (4,670)
2) SAIC Roewe e550 (2,329)
3) Zhidou EV (2,363)
4) BAIC EU260 (2,050)
5) BYD e6 (1,647)

BYD is the worlds largest EV manufacturer, they have lots of BEV and PHEV models in everything from cars to buses, trucks and more. Why don’t you look into the company, it’s an interesting one.

34 000 vehicles were highway capable cars:

The other 10 000 are buses/trucks etc.

And remember none of this includes non-highway capable vehicles, electric motorcycles, electric bikes etc. which are sold in the millions every month in China.

About half of all motorized vehicles in China runs on electricity.

Good point, about half million electric vehicles.
We tend to categorize models based on US, like highway capable, as US navigates mostly on highways.But every country has different way it navigates every day. To me every vehicle that used 90% of daily use, and switch from gas, even 50 CC moped is a score.

Leaf Owner

I just hope China stops building coal plants and starts shutting them down. Adding lots of EVs does very little to help matters if they keep burning so much coal.

China needs to install lots of wind turbines, solar PV, nuclear, hydropower, geothermal, and some natural gas. NO MORE COAL.


“China was the biggest renewables market in the world with 433 gigawatts of generating capacity at the end of 2014, more than double the U.S. in second place with 182 gigawatts.”

*shrugs* You can only rebuild the whole grid so fast

100 MPGe means “the electricity produced in a power plant by burning 1 gallon of gas will power the vehicle for 100 miles”.

So Electric vehicles are 3 times more efficient than a gas-mobile that goes 30 – 35 MPG.

While Coal releases 50 % more carbon emissions than Oil, the electricity from Coal fired plant can power the vehicle for 200% (3 times) more distance
which makes an electric vehicle running on coal fired electricity lot more cleaner than a gas-mobile.

Besides 15% of the energy from Crude oil is used for refining. So if you have 100 barrels of Oil, you have to load 15 barrels in furnace for refining and only the other 85 barrels as feedstock to produce various fractions.

Now you know why Electric vehicles are lot more cleaner and are becoming widespread.

And of course, China is the World #1 in
Solar PV
Solar Water Heating.

They are racing to build many nuclear power plants and already they are #5 in this area.

No, that’s not what MPGe means. MPGe means “If you were to take the thermal energy available from a gallon of gas and convert that directly to electricity (which you can’t), this is how many miles you could go on that energy”.

If instead, you burn that gas in a really efficient thermal power plant (ie, *not* a honda 1200 generator), you might be able to convert 66% of it to electricity. But they usually don’t use gasoline for that kind of thing, it’s too inefficient to put oil through the refining process into gasoline, then burn it wholesale in a power generator. They usually just use natural gas for that. Or coal. Diesel sometimes, if the grid is small enough, but never gasoline.


The average car on US roads however is nowhere near 30 MPG – it is less than 20. The average for new cars sold in 2015 barely edged above 25, and there are lots of cars that are 10-20 years old on the road, so it’s pretty conservative to estimate the average car park mpg as somewhere below 20.

All of which means that even if you did such a silly thing as burn gasoline to make electricity and power an electric car, it would still actually be about three times as energy efficient as the average car!

Just in case, CAAM definition of NEVs includes heavy duty vehicles such as buses and sanitation trucks. Passenger cars usually represent over 60% of total NEV sales.

Yes CAAM’s definition of NEVs include heavy duty vehicles such as buses, vans & trucks.

I believe their market sold around 34,000 private vehicles and another 10,000 public vehicles. The public vehicles can reduce the fuel a lot since they drive more distance.

But there is also Low Speed Electric vehicle which sold 300,000 units in just the 2015-H1 (First Half). So overall electric vehicle sales in China are lot more and probably hit 1 million last year.

EV’s 2.1 % share in the overall Chinese market is awesome. China is the World #1 in both the vehicle sales and the Electric vehicle sales.

As the battery costs keep falling down, their EV sales are going to rise phenomenally. I believe many new EVs are going to hit the market in 2016-H2.

If Chevy is serious about their claims that (a) the Bolt will be profitable and (b) not production constrained, why isn’t it being launched in China ASAP? And why is the planned volume less than they could expect to shift in China alone in a single month?!? The BYD cars aren’t much less expensive than cars like Leaf and e-Golf, so the Bolt is on another planet and should easily outsell them all.

I don’t recall any GM spokesman claiming that the Bolt won’t be production constrained.

I do recall a GM spokesman refuting the report that they had a hard limit to production of 25-30k Bolts during the first year of production. But as I recall, he didn’t actually say that they plan to make more than that.

Coming from GM, saying in effect “We could make more if we wanted to” is a pretty meaningless statement. Sure, they could always make more if they really wanted to; if they were willing to pay LG Chem and LG Electronics a lot more, so those companies would crank up their production of battery cells and EV powertrains to supply GM, which obviously would increase the per-unit price for GM.

And so what? The question is how many they plan to make, not how many they could hypothetically make if they were willing to ignore costs and pull out all the stops.

Now, if GM actually plans to make more than 25-30k Bolts, then let them tell us so. Otherwise, it appears to be just empty bragging and spin.

What have you been drinking? The Bolt is a slow, cheap compact. The best seller BYD Tang is a fast expensive luxury SUV.

The Bolt would most likely struggle hard for every sale in China.

In Europe on the other hand under the Opel brand and at €30-35k before incentives, there it could sell like crazy.

China is clearly driving the global EV market. The benefit for other countries is that as automakers develop and expand their EV offerings with new tech and more range, consumers in lower volume countries like the US will benefit. Not just with new tech and longer range plug-in vehicles, but reduced pricing.

Why are we arguing about the definition of NEV ?

Are not electric bicycles, scooters, electric motorcycles, farm and country NEVs part of the move away from oil and other fossil fuels in the transportation sector ?

Oh, yeah…. I get it. If an electric vehicle can’t do 0-60 in under 3 seconds, it’s not a real electric vehicle.

Because you know how many NEVs were sold in America last year? About two thousand. Maybe. Across all manufacturers.

If you want to know why, I’d like to invite you to check out the options build-out for the Polaris GEM: http://www.polaris.com/en-ca/gem-electric-car/e2/build#cat=0750898&kit=&kits=0750947,0750970,0751307&modelNumber=L16G2AGALA&vehicleSlug=e2

TL;DR: Woo! $27,500 for a toy car with a 6 kw motor and a 12.4 kWh battery(and “full-sized” doors!)! And you can’t take it on the highway! Or survive any kind of accident in the street!

Yeah. Um, how about, no?

Used LEAFs are selling for $10-12K and offer significantly more creature comforts and range than NEVs. The writing seems to be in the wall.