In 2012, China Was Home to 13,300 BEVs and 1,000 PHEVs

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From the recent Research and Markets report titled “China Electric Vehicle Industry Report 2013” we learn that China is actually home to a fair amount of plug-in vehicles, despite reports suggesting the nation doesn’t buy into EVs.

The 60-mile, Extended Range BYD F3DM Makes Up a Small Portion of the PHEVs on Chinese Roads

The 60-mile, Extended Range BYD F3DM Makes Up a Small Portion of the PHEVs on Chinese Roads

Research and Markets says that, in 2012, China was home to 13,300 pure electric vehicle and more than 1,000 plug-in hybrids.  So, 14,000-plus plug-ins were registered in China as of the end of 2012.

We’re certain that figure is significantly higher now, but we must mention that a significant portion of the BEVs sold in China are what we’d consider either NEVs or trikes.  Most all of the PHEVs sold there are passenger vehicles.

Research and Markets further reports that China’s homegrown production of plug-in vehicles “maintains a rapid growth.”

The problem with China is that obtaining any specific information (such as vehicle sales and registrations) is basically impossible.  Every so often we come across some extremely generalized info (such as with these figures put forth by Research and Markets).

Perhaps if China would let us know more in regards to its alternative-energy vehicle sales, then perhaps we’d view the nation as a stronger supporter of plug-ins then most of us do now.

Source: Research and Markets

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6 Comments on "In 2012, China Was Home to 13,300 BEVs and 1,000 PHEVs"

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Pretty low numbers for China…

Well… if you look at the number of electrical vehicules instead then you’d be impressed. They have about 150-200 million electrical vehicules.
Most people in China don’t drive cars, they drive mopeds (or electric bikes that are used in the same way and speed as mopeds).

If most countries put in half as much effort as China then things would have been so much better.

Pollution from unregulated coal power plants, is still a huge problem. The new bans on coal plants around Beijing are a start at being less coal-centric…

They have a long way to go, that’s true. But at the same time as they try to regulate coal power plants (while a shitload of new ones are built because of the never ending, well at least not for 30-40 years, growth in energy and electricity demands) they are building as much clean energy as possible with wind, nuclear, solar and hydropower is being installed at a crazy rate.

Even so high rates that they haven’t had time to build the power transmission infrastructure to be able to use all the clean energy that has been built.

If Australia, Great Britain, Poland, the US, Japan and other big polluters in developed or semi-developed countries with resources to stop it would work half as hard then we would see some real change. Well, the US has at least started to put their change in motion, but if it gains momentum is yet to see…

China has less than 1/2 the cars as the US. The US has ~150K plug-in vehicles (actual cars, not NEVs). So China is low compared to the US, but they are not the only ones. If only we all could have Norway’s numbers.

So about 300 000 people (assuming 2 persons on average in every car) in the US do their transportation on the roads by electricity compared to 150 million in China. Who are behind?

Since owning a car is both very expensive and there are a lot of restrictions many of the cars are just on display by the rich on their driveway or driven very short distances every year.
There is no reason to compare cars in China to cars in the US since they are used in very different ways.

The US are doing good when it comes to electric cars especially when compared to similar countries that could do the same or better if they wanted to.
It’s not really fair to compare with Norway since they are a much richer coutry (and environmentally aware, but no one could claim that they would reach those numbers without the incentives, monetary as well as time and effort saving ones). Sweden, Finland and Denmark should be able to do the same as Norway, but for some reason they are not.