Drive I/O | A flying start for China EV sales, CATL retains global dominance

Drive I/O | A flying start for China EV sales, CATL retains global dominance

Electric vehicle charging station at motorway rest stop in Xiamen, China. Credit: 123RF

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) sales achieved a strong momentum over the past two years, reporting robust figures in January. They are expected to reach 5.5 million units this year. Tesla ended 2021 with a solid profit performance driven by both strong consumer demand in China and Europe, and cost improvement from expanded production in its Shanghai factory. Battery maker CATL retained its competitive lead, dominating the global EV market last year, followed by a group of smaller domestic competitors. BYD’s chip unit is racing the clock to complete an initial public offering in the mainland stock market, thanks to explosive growth in EV sales amid a worldwide chip shortage.

January EV sales signal a strong 2022

News: China’s electric vehicle market remains buoyant despite the seasonal holiday slowdown and the looming impact of the recent subsidy reductions. January retail sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs), including all-electrics, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen cars, totaled 347,000 units and a 132% yearly increase, according to figures published by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). However, this figure is a 27% decline from last December, as China auto sales in January and February tend to be affected by the Lunar New Year holiday (roughly the first two weeks of February this year) when consumers often delay purchases and automakers halt production, the industry group said.  

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen
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