Plug-In Electric Car Sales On The Rise In Beijing


BAIC 200EV battery pack

BAIC 200EV battery pack

Electric car sales in Beijing are surging like in the whole of China.

The largest player in the Chinese capital is BAIC, which noted 66% of all 6,223 sales in Beijing so far this year through June.

In six months, sales far exceeded the 5,510 units sold in Beijing in the whole of 2014.

“The government has made electric cars more appealing by offering subsidies. In the lotteries through which many Chinese cities allocate number plates, drivers also have a far better chance of getting a plate for an electric car than for a regular vehicle.”

To get one of the most popular models, the BAIC 200EV, customers must place a down payment and wait a month.

The 200EV is equipped with 30.4 kWh battery for some 200 km range and 53 kW (peak) electric motor with 180 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h (62 mph) takes some 15 seconds.

Tesla probably is see growing demand due to its increasing number of stores (currently about 10 in China), but has had some issues with getting cars registered in Beijing through the lottery.

BAIC Group chairman Xu Heyi forecast that China will become the largest electric car market in 2016, if not this year.


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4 responses to "Plug-In Electric Car Sales On The Rise In Beijing"
  1. Just_Chris says:

    Not bad, better looking than the leaf and waiting 15 sec to get to 60 would be an absolute pleasure especially if there is someone in a massive AMG 6.2 litre merc just behind me. Get the price right and bring it to Australia and you’ll probably sell….. well, probably about 1, to me as a second car to the Leaf.

  2. LusTuCCC says:

    Here in America the Big Oil Empire is very heavy, and put all it’s weight on car makers and politicians to delay as much as they can the electric transport era.

  3. KenZ says:

    While China usually takes a (well deserved) dose of heavy criticism about their environmental condition, if there’s one thing I can say for them, it’s that when they want to change transportation, they… just do it.

    Anyone who’s been to their big cities will immediately notice that unlike other Asian / SE Asian countries, there are ZERO petrol powered two wheelers used for basic transport. Why? They outlawed them, and immediately created a massive market for electric two wheelers.

    Now they’re testing the waters with EVs. Understood they can’t mandate only EVs the way they did with two wheelers (else they’d crush their own economy), but it’s clear to see that they are pushing hard, and if the experiment goes well, could shift to a large percentage or all EVs so much sooner than any other place. For a country that in many ways is so far behind, in others they’re so far ahead.

    Anyone have any stats for % of new car sales which are pure EVs for China’s big cities vs. other countries?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      KenZ said:

      “While China usually takes a (well deserved) dose of heavy criticism about their environmental condition, if there’s one thing I can say for them, it’s that when they want to change transportation, they… just do it.”

      Yes, and not just in the area of transportation.

      This is a point that Frederik Pohl makes in his novel Chernobyl (a lightly fictionalized account of the nuclear reactor disaster and its aftermath): That a government which exercises central control — that is, a totalitarian government such as the former USSR or Red China — can move very swiftly to make significant changes or to react to a disaster. They don’t have to go thru the democratic process of consensus building, or passing laws through the legislature, nor do they have to deal with regulation and red tape that may impede what the central government wants to do. Nor do they have to deal competition for authority in dealing with a disaster; the sort of competition between federal, State, and municipal authority, which hampered disaster relief in New Orleans after the Katrina disaster. The central authority just issues an order, and citizens had better fall into line — or else!

      I doubt many people reading InsideEVs would prefer to live under the thumb a totalitarian State, but such centralized authority does have its advantages.