Just like in the two previous months, in May BYD sold more than 13,000 plug-in electric cars in China.

In total, some 13,388 plug-in cars were sold (a new high this year for BYD), which is 55% more than a year ago (but the lowest pace of growth so far this year).

In May and April, 36% of total BYD car sales seem to be plug-in models, excluding the low-volume Denza BEVs (joint venture with Daimler).

Because BYD already delivered nearly 55,000 plug-in cars in China (up 135% year-over-year), we believe that the result for the full year will be no lower than 150,000 (it was >108,000 in 2017). In fact, the company hopes for 200,000.

BYD - 200,000 plug-in electric car sales to be sold in 2018

BYD - 200,000 plug-in electric car sales to be sold in 2018

In May, the best selling New Energy Vehicle from BYD was the Qin PHEV, which almost hit a new record. The e5 and Song PHEV stayed strong too.

BYD sales breakdown:

  • Qin PHEV – 4,496 + 1,045 BEV
  • e5 – 3,883
  • Song PHEV – 3,268
  • Tang PHEV – 411
  • e6 – 285

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – May 2018

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – May 2018

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – May 2018

BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – May 2018

It's expected that the all-new Tang PHEV will have a big sales splash in June, while the new all-electric compact SUV Yuan EV360 probably will appear in the stats in July. Those two models could add thousands of new sales a month.

The Yuan EV360 will be available with two powertrain options (both with permanent magnet synchronous motor):

  • 70 kW and 180 Nm
  • 160 kW and 360 Nm (0-50 km/h or 31 mph in 3.9 seconds)
The "360" in the name means 360 km (224 miles) of range at speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). BYD says that one could expect a range of 305 km (190 miles), but with only a 42 kWh battery, that seems optimistic. On the positive side is that BYD developed a liquid-cooled battery.

BYD Yuan EV360

BYD Yuan EV360

As the entire lineup is going to be refreshed, the all-electric cars will get improved range:

  • BYD Song EV400 - 360 km (223 miles), or 400 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise
  • BYD Qin EV450 - 400 km (248 miles), or 450 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise
  • BYD e5 450 - 400 km (248 miles), or 450 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise

From left: BYD Song EV400, BYD Qin EV450, BYD e5 450

From left: BYD Song EV400, BYD Qin EV450, BYD e5 450