Monthly sales figures of vehicles with alternative drive types exceed 320,000 units for the first time

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

China’s monthly sales figures for alternative drive vehicles continue to show robust growth in August. Alternative drive vehicles, also called NEV (New Energy Vehicles) in China, include electric cars as well as plug-in hybrids. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), 321,000 units were sold in August. This represents an increase of 181.9 percent from the same month last year and 18.6 percent from the previous July. The figures consist of 307,000 passenger cars and 14,000 commercial vehicles. Among fully electric passenger cars, 251,000 were sold in August, an increase of 198.2% from the same month last year and 21.8% more than in July. Plug-in hybrid vehicles sold 56,000 times in August, up 55.8% from the same period in 2020 and 11.7% from July. NEV commercial vehicles accounted for 14,200 units, up 55.8% from the same month last year. However, that only included 200 plug-in hybrids. Components for the production of NEV vehicles largely require CCC certification before they can be imported, traded or used in the Chinese market.

Chinese production of NEV totaled 309,000 units in August, up 180.6% from the same period last year. About 1.79 million NEVs were sold in China in the first eight months of 2021, an increase of 194% compared to the same period in 2020. Vehicle exports from China also hit a new record high of 187,000 units in August, an increase of 161.9% year-on-year. Among the exported vehicles were 46,000 NEVs, which were up sevenfold from the same month last year.

However, overall vehicle sales in China fell 17.8% in August to 1.79 million units, down 3.5% from July. Production fell 18.7 percent to 1.72 million units, 7.4 percent lower than in July. CAAM attributed the drop to supply chain disruptions due to continued Covid 19 restrictions in China and Malaysia. Many automakers in China have had to cut production due to a lack of parts and components. The NEV’s market share in China averaged 11% for the current year, according to CAAM data. Automotive battery production for used NEVs in August was 12.6 GWh, up 114.9% from the same month last year and 11.2% higher than in July.

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