Chinese automaking giant BYD again increased its global plug-in electric car sales in May, approaching its record level set back in December.

BYD's passenger plug-in car sales amounted to 330,488 units last month, including over 15,000 EVs from its sub-brands. That's 38% more than a year ago. If the volume goes up by another 10,000, the company will set a new record—potentially this month.

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BYD's all-electric car sales in May amounted to 146,395, up 22% year over year. However, the company's growth in the EV segment has slowed down recently.

Last month, the Chinese manufacturer also sold 184,093 PHEVs, 54% more than a year ago. Plug-in hybrids are now at a much higher level than all-electric cars.

BYD passenger plug-in car sales last month (YOY change):

  • BEVs: 146,395 (up 22%)
  • PHEVs: 184,093 (up 54%)
  • Total: 330,488 (up 38%)

BYD also sold 1,329 commercial electric vehicles for a total of 331,817 plug-in vehicles last month.

BYD plug-in electric car sales – May 2024

Of the total number, 37,499 BYD plug-ins were exported (up 267% year-over-year). That's about 11% of the company's total volume.

So far this year, BYD has sold over 1.26 million passenger plug-in electric cars, 27% more than a year ago.

BYD passenger plug-in car sales year-to-date (YOY change):

  • BEVs: 580,974 (up 19%)
  • PHEVs: 685,960 (up 35%)
  • Total: 1,266,934 (up 27%)

For reference, in 2023, BYD sold over 3.0 million passenger plug-in electric cars, 62% more than in 2022. In 2023, BYD became the largest Chinese carmaker and car brand. In 2024, the company intends to achieve an average growth rate of over 20%.

Top Models

The top nameplate in BYD's lineup last month was—as usual, without any surprise—the Song family, with 82,174 units sold (primarily plug-in hybrids). That's a 116% increase year-over-year.

Next was the BYD Qin sedan, with 57,072 units (BEV + PHEV), up 30% year over year. It was followed by the all-electric BYD Yuan family (40,231) and BYD Seagull (35,370).

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