Plug-in EV Sales in China Rose 37.9% to 17,600 in 2013

An official from CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers) disclosed at the 2013 Global New Energy Vehicle Conference (GNEV) that the Chinese market of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) expanded 37.9% last year to 17,600 units, which included 14,604 pure electrics and 3,038 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). According to him, automakers in the country rolled out 17,500 PEVs (14,243 pure electrics and 3,290 PHEVs), 39.7% more than 2012.

The number represents an insignifcant portion of the total new vehicle sales last year–21,984,100. In 2012 China’s State Council set the target of selling half a million PEVs by the end of 2015 and over 5 million by 2020. Most analysts now consider the goals unreachable.

To include non-plug-in models, deliveries of hybrid EVs fell from 2012 to only 15,100 units last year. CAAM blames lack of policy support for non-plug-in hybrid buses and trucks for the decrease.

Below are the 2013 sales of some China-made EVs (numbers are from China Passenger Car Association):

Pure-electric models:

JAC iEV (J3 EV): About 2,500

BYD e6: 1,544

BAIC E-Series EV: 710

Roewe E50: 406

Zotye M300 (Langyue) EV: 220

Venucia e30: 216

BAIC Senova EV: 52


BYD F3DM: 1,005

BYD Qin: 142