December didn't disappoint expectations. It was tremendous.

While the overall car market in China shrunk in December by significant 16% year-over-year, the plug-in electric car market is booming, reaching a level not even close to what we have seen before.

According to EV Sales Blog, last month closed with 181,385 plug-in car sales, which is 70% more than a year ago and new all-time record - around 40,000 higher than the previous record in November! December was also the fourth straight month with a new sales record.

The market share went through the roof and seems to be 8%!

The best selling models for the month were:

  • BAIC EU-Series – 12,561
  • BAIC EC-Series – 8,407
  • BYD e5 – 8,234
  • BYD Yuan BEV – 8,021
  • BAIC EX-Series – 6,844

Plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2018

In 2018 sales of plug-in electric cars in China increased roughly 83% to around 1,102,375 at average 4.2% market share (twice higher than in 2017).

It's noticeable that sales in China were last year higher than global sales of 1 million in 2017. That's how quick the market and particularly China is moving forward.

The top-selling models for the year are:

  • BAIC EC-Series – 90,637
  • BYD Qin PHEV - 47,424
  • JAC iEV S/E - 46,586
  • BYD e5 - 46,213
  • Chery eQ - 39,374
The best foreign model (and brand) was BMW 530e iPerformance, which noted 13,493 sales. It seems that the Nissan LEAF derivative - the Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission noted 5,520 sales including 2,110 in December.

BYD remains the biggest player in China for the 5th consecutive year, with 20% of the market, followed by BAIC with 15% share. Tesla's share is estimated at 1%.

Plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2018

Plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2018

Source: EV Sales Blog