China’s Plug-In Car Sales Hit 4th Consecutive Record in November 2023

The number of new registrations has exceeded 870,000 and is growing.

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Plug-in electric vehicle sales growth in China continued in November, resulting in another monthly record (fourth in a row).

According to EV volumes According to data shared by researcher Jose Pontes, 872,415 new passenger electric cars were registered in China in November, up 39% from a year ago.

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Plug-in car sales are increasing in China

China’s plug-in electric car market is not only the largest in the world, but also accounts for the majority of global plug-in car sales. In addition, the share of battery-powered cars in China is significantly higher than the average, approaching 40%.

We don’t have figures for December yet, but we’re pretty sure it will be more than 900,000, maybe even around a million.

One of the most important things is that the market share of plug-in electric cars in China reached a new record high of 42% in November (compared to 35% a year ago). Both BEVs and PHEVs set new record shares of around 27% and around 15% respectively.

Car registrations with add-ons for the month (YOY change):

  • BEV: around *560,000 and 27% market share
  • PHEV: around *312,000 and 15% market share
  • Total: 872,415 (39% growth) and 42% market share

* calculated from market share

In the first 11 months of the year, more than 7.1 million new plug-in electric cars were registered in China (an approximate 35% year-on-year increase), accounting for about 37% of the total.

Car registrations with Jan-Nov add-on (YOY change):

  • BEV: about *4.76 million and 25% market share
  • PHEV: about *2.34 million and 12% market share
  • Total: 7,111,010 (up 35%) and 37% market share

* calculated from market share

For reference, in 2022, more than 5.92 million new passenger electric cars are registered in China (30% of the total volume).

In 2023, the number of new registrations is expected to reach around 8 million units.

In November, the best-selling plug-in electric car was the BYD Song family with 61,694 new registrations. The Tesla Model Y, with almost 50,000 units, is second, followed by several other BYD models, including the growing BYD Seagull (44,603).

Top 10 plugins of the month:

  1. BYD Song Plus: 61,694 (11,079 BEV + 50,615 PHEV)
  2. Tesla Model Y: 49,877
  3. BYD Seagull: 44,603
  4. BYD Qin Plus: 40,852 (11,900 BEV + 28,952 PHEV)
  5. DOLPHIN WORLD: 35,246
  6. BYD Yuan Plus (aka Atto 3): 25,761
  7. Wuling Bingo: 24,024
  8. Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV: 22,985
  9. GAC Aion Y: 22,355
  10. WORLD Han: 18,378 (7,343 BEV + 11,035 PHEV)

There are no big changes in the rankings since the start of the year, although the Tesla Model Y still has a chance to be No. 2 overall for the year (it remains the best-selling all-electric model in China).

Top 10 plugins in January-November:

  1. BYD Song Plus: 553,695 (78,883 BEV + 474,812 PHEV)
  2. BYD Qin Plus: 411,305 (111,025 BEV + 300,280 PHEV)
  3. Tesla Model Y: 396,339
  4. DOLPHIN WORLD: 307,986
  5. BYD Yuan Plus (aka Atto 3): 307,691
  6. GAC Aion Y: 213,039
  7. Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV: 212,848
  8. BYD Seagull: 212 652
  9. GAC Aion S: 205,688
  10. WORLD Khan: 202,789 (96,534 BEV + 106,255 PHEV)

* BEV and PHEV versions of the same models are counted together in the source.

BYD remains the most popular brand and car group in China, and that is not expected to change anytime soon.

Top brands by share in the plug-in segment in January-November:

  • BYD: 33.9%
  • Tesla: 7.5%
  • GAC I will: 6.2%
  • SAIC-GM-Wuling: 5.6%
  • Li Auto: 4.6%
  • Changan: 4.3%
  • Geely: 4.0%

Top car groups by share in the plug-in segment in January-November:

  • BYD: 36.1%
    including Denza, Fang Cheng Bao and Yangwang brands
  • Tesla: 7.5%
  • SAIC: 7.2%
    including the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture (between SAIC, GM and Liuzhou Wuling Motors)
  • Geely-Volvo: 7.0%
  • GAC: 6.6%
  • Changan: 4.8%
  • Li Auto: 4.6%

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