Many plug-in models set new monthly sales record in China

Numerous plug-in models set new monthly sales record in China

Many plug-in car models set new monthly sales record in the month of September this year, taking their year-to-date (YTD) sales to new highs amid the worldwide shift from internal combustion engines to electric powertrains. The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV once again emerged as the top seller by selling a total of 35,169 units in the month in September. With the high number of sales last month, the model’s YTD sales jumped to 288,873 units.

The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV undoubtedly remained the top seller in China last month, but the Made-in-China (MIC) Tesla Model Y wasn’t far behind. The locally-produced Model Y compact crossover SUV sold a total of 33,033 units in the month under review and 92,933 units YTD.

It is interesting to note here that the locally-produced Tesla Model Y grabbed the second position in the list of top selling models in September, and third position in the list of best selling models so far this year. YTD, the second position went to the Tesla Model 3, which attracted 111,875 buyers. However, it is worth-mentioning here that the Model 3 electric sedan had been available since the beginning of the year, while the Model Y entered the marker months later.

Other top sellers in September include the BYD Qin Plus PHEV (15,164), BYD Song Pro/Plus PHEV (10,278), BYD Qin Plus EV (8,396), Changan Benni EV (7,968), BYD Han BEV (7,796), GAC Aion S (7,679), and the XPeng P7 (7,512).

YTD, the BYD Qin Plus PHEV grabbed the fourth position with 58,710 units, while the Tesla Model Y approached nearer to the Tesla Model 3. The BYD Han BEV emerged at the fifth position with a total of 58,251 units sold in the first ninth months of this year; while the sixth position went to the Li Xiang One EREV with 55,270 units sold in the same period. Other models in the top-ten list include the Changan Benni EV (53,174), GAC Aion S (48,871), Great Wall Ora Black Cat (47,087), and the Chery eQ (44,609).

Chinese automobile giant BYD successfully managed to expand its share among plug-in cars to 17 per cent, thanks to several sales records in a row over the past months. SAIC-GM-Wuling (a joint venture among SAIC, General Motors and Liuzhou Wuling Motors) now holds 16 per cent share of the market. Tesla alone has 11 per cent share of the Chinese plug-in car market.