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

30. December 2021

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



China’s production of NEVs totalled 309,000 units in August, up 180.6 per cent 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 per cent over the same period in 2020. Exports of vehicles from China also rose to a new record of 187,000 units in August, or an increase of 161.9 per cent year-on-year. Among the exported vehicles were 46,000 NEVs, which increased sevenfold compared to the same month last year.

However, overall vehicle sales in China fell 17.8 per cent in August to 1.79 million units, down 3.5 per cent from July. Production was down 18.7 per cent to 1.72 million units, 7.4 per cent less than in July. The CAAM attributed the decline to supply chain disruptions due to continued Covid 19 restrictions in China and Malaysia. Many automakers in China have had to cut back production due to a lack of parts and components. The market share of NEVs in China averaged 11 per cent for the current year, according to CAAM data. The output of automotive batteries for NEVs used in August was 12.6 GWh, up 114.9 per cent from the same month last year and 11.2 per cent more than in July.

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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and Managing Director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

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