Plug-In Hybrids Preferred Over BEVs In China?
We used to see pure electric car sales at significantly higher levels than plug-in hybrids in China.
In the first half of this year, BEVs hold nearly 60% of plug-in car sales.
The situation is going to change. According to Chinese sources, plug-in hybrids are more preferred by customers. One of the reasons behind that is that there are not enough available charging stations in China.
“About 14% of respondents would prefer to buy a PHEV for its longer run time and lower reliance on charging facilities, while only 8% prefer BEVs, despite the fact that sales of BEVs almost doubled those of PHEVs in the first half of 2015, according to a report released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) and Nielsen.”
Answer about where China is going could be delivered by BYD, which recently introduced on the market a new plug-in hybrid SUV – Tang. If Tang will repeat success of Qin (4,000+ sales a month) PHEVs will likely prevail.
For the first month of the second half of the year, the Qin still rules all by a considerable margin – 4,030 sales in July; meanwhile also BYD managed to get out 723 Tangs out in its first full (albeit fractured) month on the market.
While not all of the numbers are fully accounted for July, CAAM and Nielsen could be onto something, as PHEVs held a ~51% advantage over BEVs during the month.