Plug-in electric car sales increased four-fold to nearly 35,000 in China, in one of the slowest months of the year - January.

BAIC EC-Series

BAIC EC-Series

The reason behind the high growth is low sales last year, when manufacturers were dealing with changes and accreditation of subsidies.

Anyways, the market share amounted to some 1.4%.

Usually, sales of plug-ins increase through the year to peak in December. In 2017, December was a record at 102,600.

Looking at the data provided by the invaluable EV Sales Blog, we see that the BAIC EC-Series, despite only having 125 miles (200 km) of range, remains unstoppable. Nearly 8,000 were sold In January, which is two times more than next best selling car, the BEV JAC iEV7 S/E.

Two BYD plug-in hybrids - Qin and Song noted solid results, but without a big splash.

January was a good month for the plug-in hybrids, and even GM's Cadillac CT6 PHEV was able to break into the top 20. 451 sales was good enough for #19.

Interestingly, Tesla delivered some 500 Model X in China in January (Model S didn't make the top 20).

Plug-in electric car sales in China - January 2018 (source: EV Sales Blog)

Plug-in electric car sales in China - January 2018 (source: EV Sales Blog)

Source: EV Sales Blog