China continues to be by far the world’s largest market for plug-in vehicles, or new energy vehicles (NEVs) as they are called there. In the first half of 2017, 181,200 plug-in passenger cars were delivered, almost exactly double the number sold in the US in the same period (89,256, according to InsideEVs).
Reductions in central and local government subsidies led to a decrease in sales in January, but sales for the first half still grew by 42% compared to the same period in 2016.
NEVs’ share of total passenger car sales reached a new high in June, at 2.5% of the market.
Pure EVs accounted for 82% of all NEV sales. PHEVs’ market share has steadily declined since 2015, a trend that EV-volumes.com attributes to more stringent requirements to qualify for subsidies, tougher municipal mandates for pure EVs, and a better selection of EV models.
Most of China’s NEVs are home-grown: non-Chinese brands accounted for only 6% of plug-in sales, the lion’s share of that from Tesla.
Meanwhile, commercial vehicles are also rapidly electrifying: over 190,000 plug-in commercial vehicles were sold in 2016. EV-volumes.com expects sales to reach 270,000 units in 2017, mostly electric buses.
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