China consumers bought twice as many battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) last year as they did hybrids, the China Automotive Review reported, citing the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Automakers sold 5,655 BEVs and 2,713 hybrids in 2011, according to CAAM statistics. Last year was the first year CAAM broke out statistics for advanced-powertrain vehicle sales and production.

China is expected to overtake the U.S. and other parts of the world in these sorts of vehicle sales as government plans that encourage zero-emissions vehicles go into effect during the next few years and companies like BYD expand BEV production. Overall, Asia-Pacific will account for about 617,000 electric-drive vehicles sold in 2017, almost double North America's total, green-technology research firm Pike Research estimated last year. China passenger vehicle sales totaled 14.5 million units last year, up 5.2 percent from a year earlier, according to CAAM.


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      Dave D
      • 3 Years Ago
      As EZEE would say: Evil BEV fan-boy here....and I have a hard time believing this. Either there just weren't that many hybrid models available, or they were counting somethings or some way that is not obvious at a glance. If it's really true, great! But it is hard to believe. Of course, with numbers that low I guess there was not enough volume to get any meaningful stats anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's difficult to discern why Chinese car buyers opted for more EV's versus hybrids, until we know whether the hybrids and EV's were domestic or foreign brands, as foreign brands have a high import tax on them. I suspect that the EV's were domestic, while the hybrids were imported, giving EV's a possible price advantage.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can't tell you why either, but in one major city in China, only a limited number of gas car license plates are issued each year. If you want one, you have to join a lottery and hope you win a license for your car. Or you can just buy an EV and bypass all of that because EV's are exempt from these laws. Pretty effective, eh?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Without really digging I seem to remember that in Beijing uses a lottery system for new vehicle registrations. Last I heard they were looking into exempting electric cars from this lottery. I don't think a typical hybrid has this advantage.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, China is on the path to winning the race to transition its transportation off of oil, and will get both an Economic advantage as well as a Military advantage by winning. So let's decimate our green car initiatives just as they are finally starting to work, and focus more on drill-baby-drill and let our country lose the race and lose these economic and military advantages. This brilliant foreign policy moment was brought to you by your current Republican members of Congress. The world isn't going to wait for us to catch up when we are behind on the transition away from fossil fuels and the next round of inevitable oil price spikes hit. Time is of the essence folks.
        Dave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        "Hey, China is on the path to winning the race to transition its transportation off of oil..." - PR Huh?? "Automakers sold 5,655 BEVs and 2,713 hybrids in 2011" - ABG Sounds to me like they've done almost nothing to "transition its transportation off of oil"
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dave
          Read the article: "China is expected to overtake the U.S. and other parts of the world in these sorts of vehicle sales" Future tense. You are quoting present tense.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dave
          "In 2010, both sales and production topped 18 million units, with 13.76 million passenger cars delivered, in each case the largest by any nation in history.[6]" - wikipedia So, China is consuming more vehicles overall than the US. And consuming far less EVs and hybrids than the US.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dave
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automotive_industry_in_the_People's_Republic_of_China
        DarylMc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        I think that race is already run. There are over 120 million ebikes in China now.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DarylMc
          That's a very good point. They have already gotten people past the bogus "range anxiety" stuff. Now all they have to do in the future is deal with the price issue, and that is just a matter of mathematics and scale. That's exactly the sort of future things that makes it so "China is expected to overtake the U.S. and other parts of the world in these sorts of vehicle sales" as the article says.
      Penn State EcoCAR 2
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's interesting. I feel like hybrids are the preferred architecture in the U.S. right now. I'm a member of Penn State's EcoCAR 2 team, and we're redesigning a vehicle to decrease emissions and increase efficiency while maintaining consumer acceptability. It's good to hear China's on board with this.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      I suspect there are few Chinese hybrids available. The Prius? Perhaps the historical animosity between China and Japan results in poor sales of Japanese cars? I think they have a generous incentive program for EVs that helps EVs a lot.
      Gary
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to know what model of EV they are selling to get those 5,000 numbers? I thought the BYD e6 was still in fleet sales and was only in the hundred's being sold so far.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering how polluted China is, they should ban ICE cars altogether.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        It is all the coal they are burning that is killing them. But that is going to have to slow because they are hitting production limits.
      Jared
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is simple to me. Chinese government is dooling out huge amounts for people to by BEV's (like 30-40% of the price of the car).
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think any of the commenters read this quote: "Automakers sold 5,655 BEVs and 2,713 hybrids in 2011" The article is comparing a tiny meaningless number to a puny meaningless number.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave
        Compared to what? Most things start small, they don't spring forth fully fledged. Try yoy increase, I bet it is huge. Try the history of aluminium production to get a feel for it, for instance.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone know where can i find out the figures of the total numbers of Diesel Hybrid Bus on and off the roads?
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many of the EVs were fleet sales?
        Dave D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        ahhh, good question. That could explain it.
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