Beijing – Tesla and BYD By 2021, the Chinese EV market remains the market leader by far, while new competitors have emerged to counter smaller competitors such as NIO, according to the China Passenger Car Association.
Economical electric vehicle Hongguang Mini Figures released by the association on Thursday showed it maintained its top-selling position – with sales more than tripling to 395,451 last year.
But more expensive vehicles from Tesla and BYD dominate the top-selling vehicles in the new-energy vehicle category, which includes battery-powered and hybrid vehicles.
The following is a list of the top 15 sales of new energy passenger vehicles (including SUVs) in China in 2021:
1. Macro Crown Mini (SAIC-General-Wuling)
2. Qin (BYD)
3. Model Y (Tesla)
4. Model 3 (Tesla)
5. Han (BYD)
6. Song (BYD)
7. Li Yi (ideal car)
8. eQ (Chery)
9. Benben EV (Changan)
10. Aion S (GAC Motor spin-off)
11. Euler Black Cat (Great Wall Motor)
12. P7 (Xiaopeng)
13. Tang (BYD)
14. Ola Good Cat (Great Wall Motor)
15. Nezha V (Hezhong Automobile)
Three BYD models made it into the top ten, among which the BYD Qin sedan sold 187,227 units, surpassing all Tesla models.
Following BYD Qin is Tesla’s Model Y, which was launched in China last year and jumped to the top of the premium new energy SUV category with 169,853 sales in 2021, according to the association.
Tesla’s Model 3 was a close second, with 150,890 units sold last year, up nearly 10 percent from 2020, the data showed.
China’s auto industry has Doubt about the accuracy of association data. But these numbers can reflect broader trends.
A relatively new model, the affordable all-electric Nezha V SUV came in at No. 15, pushing the three pricier NIO models down the sales rankings.
Nezha, a brand owned by startup Hezhong Auto, closed a 4 billion yuan ($625 million) funding round in the fourth quarter. The Nezha V starts at 62,900 yuan ($9,722) after subsidies. By comparison, NIO’s ES6 SUV starts at 346,660 yuan after subsidies.