Plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles saw huge sales growth in China during April – nearly three times the total seen a year ago.
China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) reported that 31,722 electric vehicles were sold during the month in China, while production stood at 31,266. These fall under China’s New Energy Vehicles government incentive program and includes electric cars, small and three-wheel EVs, and electric buses and commercial vehicles.
The majority, nearly 24,000, of the EVs sold in China during April were all-electric. That’s been influenced by attractive incentives and ease of registration for these battery electric vehicles.
CAAM statistics reported that sales of battery electric vehicles increased 243.8 percent to 23,908 units sold over April 2015. Plug-in electric vehicles increased 97.6 percent over last to year to 7,864 units sold.
For the first four months of 2016, EV sales in China have already exceeded 90,000 vehicles sold. It appears that EV sales in China are close to surpassing all the EVs sold in the U.S. during 2015.
HybridCars.com reported that there were 5,842 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sold in the U.S. during April 2016 and 6,266 battery electric vehicles sold. That comes out to 12,108 electric vehicles sold in the U.S. in April, which is 38.7% of the electric vehicles reportedly sold in China during that month.
Comparing sales numbers between China and the U.S. does need a few qualifiers. Chinese authorities are investigating alleged cheating which could have padded figures. The monthly sales figures reported by CAAM exclude foreign-built EVs such as Tesla Model S and BMW i3. And as previously mentioned, CAAM is including other types of vehicles in its EV numbers.