In the first three months of 2014 sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in China jumped 120% from a year ago to 6,853 units, according to CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers). The number includes 4,095 pure-electrics and 2,758 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). Most of the gains came from the PHEV sector, which saw merely 301 sales in Q1 2013. In the January-March period, automakers in China rolled out 6,651 PEVs, including 4,024 pure-electrics and 2,627 plug-in hybrids.
Despite the steep rise, sales are unlikely to meet CAAM’s forecast for the whole year–at 35,000.
From another industry organization, CPCA (China Passenger Car Association), we learned that BYD’s Qin (or the second-gen F3DM hybrid) was the No.1 best-selling PEV, delivering 2,384 units. The all-electric version of the Chery QQ, the runner-up, claimed 2,016 sales. Three models of foreign origins also posted results in the increasingly crowded competition: 30 units of Venucia E30 (a re-badged Nissan Leaf), 2 of Telsa Model S, and 2 of Chevrolet Volt.
Q1 2014 sales of plug-in passenger cars in China:
1. BYD Qin (PHEV): 2,384
2. Chery QQ EV (Pure-electric): 2,016
3. BYD e6 (Pure-electric): 619
4. JAC iEV (J3 EV) (Pure-electric): 163
5. Zotye Zhidou E20 (Pure-electric): 142
6. Chery Riich M1 EV (Pure-electric): 107
7. Venucia E30 EV: 30
8. Zotye T200 EV (Pure-electric): 8
9. Roewe E50 (Pure-electric): 4
10. Tesla Model S (Pure-electric): 2
11. Chevrolet Volt (PHEV): 2
12. BAIC E-series EV (E150 EV) (Pure-electric): 2
13. Chevrolet Sail EV (Shanghai-GM Springo) (Pure-electric): 1
14. Zotye M300 EV (Pure-electric): 1
Sales of the top three best-selling non-plug-in hybrid EVs in Q1 2014 are: GAC-Toyota Camry HEV — 1,481, FAW-Toyota Prius — 416, Shanghai-GM Chevrolet LaCrosse EV — 32.