Plug-in electric car sales in China – May 2016 (source: <a href=EV Sales Blog)" draggable="false">

Plug-in electric car sales in China – May 2016 (source: EV Sales Blog)

China plug-in vehicles sales in May resulted in well over 26,000 plug-in electric cars sold, which represented a 119% year-over-year according to specifc model data collected by the EV Sales Blog.

Interestingly, over one third of the Chinese plug-in vehicle market is now in the possession of BYD, which in May exceeded 9,000 total sales as a brand - the company's second best result ever.

More impressively, BYD is still expanding its dominance over its home market - outpacing the segment overall  in May with a 130% gain of its own.

Over the last month, two models - the Tang and Qin, were 1st and 2nd respectively, while Tang continues to strengthen its first overall position.

BYD May sales breakdown:

  • Tang – 3249
  • Qin – 2705
  • e6 – 1683
  • e5 – 1172
  • Qin EV300 – 207
BYD's goal for 2016 is to sell about 120,000 plug-in vehicles. In the first five months of 2016 the  Chinese company has sold about ~33,000 EVs,  so the monthly average for the rest of the year will need to exceed 12,000 per month - a level at which no OEM has yet to ever sell in single month.  Anywhere.