China Has Record Electric Car Sales Month in Sep with 104,900 Plug-in EVs registered
After a few months threatening to break the all-time record (102,635 units, set last December), the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market finally hit a new high, with some 104,900 plug-in vehicles being registered in September, up 66% and in line with previous months’ growth rates.
#1 — BYD Tang PHEV: After five months on the market, the second-generation Tang confirmed its hot-selling status, winning its second consecutive best seller award. It also set a new personal sales record by earning 6,019 registrations. Sales should continue strong for BYD’s successful flagship, and new record sales could still be achieved this year, at least until the fully electric version of the Tang arrives (by December). As for the current Tang PHEV’s specs, BYD’s Sports SUV saw its battery grow to 24 kWh. That means an increased 100 km (62 mi) of range on the NEDC rating system (around 70 km or 44 mi in the real world). In the power department, things stayed the same, with the Tang PHEV having some 500 hp and 0–100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. All for CNY 279,800 (~$41,000).
#2 — Chery eQ: Chery was one of the Chinese brands to bet early on plug-ins, having won the model title three times in a row (2011, ’12, ’13) with its tiny QQ3 EV. Now the automaker is trying to regain relevance with the eQ, the spiritual (and material) successor to the QQ3, having scored 5,310 registrations in September (a new year best). That also allowed it to collect another runner-up position. A vehicle marketed to city dwellers for ~$24,000 before incentives, you get a funky city EV with a 22.3 kWh battery that provides just enough range (200 km or 125 miles NEDC) to cover the needs of the urban jungle (and subsidy requirements).
Even though these are probably mainly city dweller vehicles (can't remember when my own car travelled out of a 50km radius from home) at around $24,000 before incentives and a 200km/125miles range a car like that would work just fine for me. The tipping point will be reached with sales of these lower priced vehicles and not the luxury end of the market. Lookmat Nissan now selling a Chinese version of the Leaf for around $25,000 - it can be done!
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After a few months threatening to break the all-time record (102,635 units, set last December), the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market finally hit a new high, with some 104,900 plug-in vehicles being registered in September, up 66% and in line with previous months' growth rates