The Buick Velite 6 sales have reportedly begun in China.
While plug-in General Motors deliveries dropped in the United States last year, the automaker saw a significant increase in global plug-in sales in 2018. The Chevy Bolt EV again led the electric offerings, clocking in at 27,918 units delivered worldwide. However, The Baojun E100/E200 also impressed with 25,888 sales in China. The Chevy Volt follows close behind with 25,298 units sold globally.
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According to reports from China, exactly 5,000 Buick Velite 6's were also sold in December. InsideEVs also estimates 231 CT6 Plug-in hybrids were sold in the United States this year. This brings the total number of plug-in sales across GM brands to 84,317 for the year.
Looking at individual markets, 2018 sales are as follows:
United States - 18,306
Canada - 4,114*
China - 2,688 (Buick Velite 5)
South Korea - 160
Mexico - 30*
United States - 18,019
South Korea - 4,722
Canada - 2,408*
Europe - 2,731 (Opel Ampera-e)
Mexico - 20
China - 25,888
China - 5,000 (Reported by China Passenger Car Association)
United States - 231 (InsideEVs estimate)
*Sales data available through November
The biggest seller abroad for General Motors continues to be the Baojun E100, followed by the Chevy Bolt EV. Baojun (jointly owned by General Motors (GM) and SAIC Motor) recently expanded availability of their tiny two seat EV. The recently launched E200 will be replacing the E100 on the market. We do not have sales figures for the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in for China.
Historically, domestic GM plug-in sales have significantly out-performed other markets. For the first time, GM's combined global electric vehicle sales of ~47,761 have eclipsed U.S. sales. Strong international demand for the Baojun E100/E200 and Bolt EV has helped the automaker find more success globally than in previous years.