Plug-in electric car sales in China increase quickly despite the fact that the overall car sales in September noted a serious 17% decrease year-over-year.

In total, some 355,000 new plug-in electric cars were registered last month, which is a new all-time record (three in a row, and the third in the past four months). The year-over-year growth rate exceeds 170%, while the result is 24% higher than the previous record in August.

The market share of plug-ins has reached a new all-time high of 20%, which is one in five new cars.; Not only that, 17% are BEVs, while only 3% plug-in hybrids.

See more reports about plug-in vehicle sales in China here.

The most recent results are probably just a preview of even higher volumes in the last three months of the year - those were usually the strongest months.

Plug-in electric car sales in China – September 2021


So far this year, close to 2 million passenger plug-in cars were sold in China (significantly more than in all of 2020), which is 13.3% of the total market. BEV share stands at 10.8%.

At the current rate, the total plug-in car sales in China might reach 3.0 million in 2021. That's more than half of the global volume.

Model rank

A very high number of plug-in cars set new monthly sales record in September. The highest result belongs to the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV (over 35,000), but the MIC Tesla Model Y was not far behind with 33,033 units.

Then we can see the Tesla Model 3 (19,120) ahead of the plug-in hybrid BYD Qin Plus (15,164), which by the way, together with the all-electric 8,396 BYD Qin Plus EV, was above 23,000.

  1. Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV - 35,169
  2. Tesla Model Y - 33,033
  3. Tesla Model 3 - 19,120
  4. BYD Qin Plus PHEV - 15,164
  5. BYD Song Pro/Plus PHEV - 10,278
  6. BYD Qin Plus EV - 8,396
  7. Changan Benni EV - 7,968
  8. BYD Han (BEV) - 7,796
  9. GAC Aion S - 7,679
  10. XPeng P7 - 7,512

Year-to-date, the BYD Qin Plus PHEV is now fourth, while the Tesla Model Y is approaching the Tesla Model 3.

  1. Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV - 288,873
  2. Tesla Model 3 - 111,875
  3. Tesla Model Y - 92,933
  4. BYD Qin Plus PHEV - 58,710
  5. BYD Han (BEV) - 58,251
  6. Li Xiang One EREV - 55,270
  7. Changan Benni EV - 53,174
  8. GAC Aion S - 48,871
  9. Great Wall Ora Black Cat - 47,087
  10. Chery eQ - 44,609

BYD, thanks to several consecutive records, has expanded its share among plug-in cars to 17%, while SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture (between SAIC, GM and Liuzhou Wuling Motors) is at 16%. Tesla has 11% share.


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