EV sales are rising fast, 2 million worldwide, 49% growth in China over the last year, and car manufacturers selling in China must meet year on year percentages of EVs sold

By , Clean Technica, June 17th, 2017 

The Chinese market had more than 40,000 new EVs zooming the streets last month, a 49% increase in sales over the same month last year, with the EV market share now at 1.4%, close to last year’s record (1.45%). Expect improvement as the year progresses and sales expand, with the Chinese EV market potentially surpassing 2% market share.

This is a highly protected market, where 94% of sales belong to domestic brands. Of the 7% left for foreign brands, 5% belong to Tesla, with the remaining 1% divided by all other automakers.

In May, the Zhidou D2 EV was the best-selling model, but BAIC’s golden boy, the EC180, continues to lead the YTD ranking. That said, BYD, with over 8,000 units registered in May, is stepping up the pace and chasing leader Beijing Auto in the race for the best-selling manufacturer.

Top 5 Electric Models

#1 – Zhidou D2 EV: This bare-basic city vehicle probably doesn’t inspire anyone, but surely continues to be delivered in record quantities (4,471 units in May), probably thanks to big fleet deals. This vehicle is sold as a quadricycle (think Renault Twizy class) in some European countries, with the following specs: 12 kWh battery, 120 km range, 90 km max speed, and all for some €16,000.

#2 — BAIC EC180: After three consecutive “Best Seller” trophies, EC180 sales dropped 10% compared to the previous month, with “only” 3,895 units being delivered. Has the little city EV found its natural sales level around 4,000 units per month? If so, it would be a little disappointing, as this is a car that has decent design, specs (e.g., 20 kWh battery) and price (€19,000), which could make it the strongest candidate for the annual “Best Seller” trophy. And that would be a first for BAIC and the first time since 2013 that a BYD didn’t win the trophy.

#3 — BYD e5: The current BYD best seller is the low-key e5 sedan, which delivered another record performance in May, with 3,131 units sold last month. A favorite among taxi companies, along with its e6 older brother, the plain-Jane e5 actually has a lot going for it spec-wise: 305 kilometers of range from a 48 kWh battery and a healthy 218 hp, all for 230,000 Yuan ($33,400). A wolf in sheep’s clothing, isn’t it?

#4 — Geely Emgrand EV: While Geely is busy buying everything that moves (Proton, Lotus …) and is looking to become a sort of Chinese Volkswagen Group, with multiple brands under the same stable, that hasn’t stopped it from delivering 3,015 units of its EV model in May, a year best. This compact sedan (think Toyota Corolla) could land on the medals podium this year. Main specs: 253 km range, 95 hp, 250,000 Yuan ($36,500).

#5 — JAC iEV6S: Despite being a vehicle at the intersection of the two hottest trends in China — crossovers and EVs — success seemed to escape it due to battery production constraints, but with a record 2,572 deliveries last month, those days seem to be a thing of the past. Expect this Nissan Juke–sized crossover to be a frequent sight here in the coming months. Not only does it have an attractive design, inside and out, but also decent specs: 114 hp and 251 km range coming from a 33 kWh battery provided by Samsung.

Year-to-Date Ranking — BAIC vs BYD

Below the top two positions in the year-to-date ranking were a few changes, with the JAC iEV6S jumping to #7 and the Changan Benni EV also climbing in the ranking, up to #12, thanks to a record delivery of 2,269 units.

Other models also had record performances, like the Chery eQ1, allowing it to join the ranking and close the top 20 list. The Chery eQ1 had a record 1,660 registrations. The Horki 300E sedan also delivered a best ever, 836 units, also enabling it to enter the top 20 (at #18).

A note should also be given to the 2,068 deliveries of the BYD Song PHEV in its first month of full deliveries, a result that bodes well for the upcoming “Dynasty” clan (Song BEV, Yuan PHEV, Yuan BEV), sure to arrive in the next few months.

Looking at the manufacturer ranking, BAIC (18%, down 1%) is seeing its leadership under threat, now followed by a recovering BYD (17%, up 1%). With fewer than 2,000 units separating both brands, BYD could even surpass Beijing Auto in June.

In 3rd place we have Zhidou, with 10% share, closely followed by SAIC (9%).

Also by Steve Hanley: China: 12% Electric Cars By 2020 … Or Else

Originally published on Gas2.

Last week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met privately with German chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss China’s proposal to require all manufacturers to sell more so-called new energy vehicles. After the meeting, Merkel thought she had an agreement that would allow German companies that manufacture cars in China a little breathing room before complying with the new rules.

But a notification posted online this week by the Legislative Affairs Office, which reports to the Chinese cabinet, says otherwise. It indicates that all manufacturers will be required to generate EV credits that equal 8% of sales in 2018, 10% by 2019, and 12% by 2020. The rule applies to both foreign and domestic car makers.

The credits are computed based on the level of electrification of the cars produced. Fully electric cars earn more credits than plug-in hybrid cars, for example. Plug-in cars that go further on battery power alone are rewarded with more credits than cars that have more limited electric range.

The latest draft by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is essentially the same as the proposal first promulgated last September. “That’s what it looks like: no compromise, no concession,” says Dominik Declercq, China representative for the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Michael Clauss, Germany’s ambassador to China said: “It seems that the political leadership has understood that this is a problem but there seems to be a disconnect between them and the working level at MIIT.”

China is beset by massive smog issues in many of its major cities. Beijing gets most of the attention, but the country has more than 100 cities with more than one million inhabitants. The United States has 10. China’s growing middle class is buying more and more automobiles, which exacerbates air pollution problems. Making more of those cars operate on electricity is a top priority of the Chinese government.

But Merkel and other global leaders worry the restrictions will give local manufacturers an important advantage in the marketplace. She wanted German companies to get some relief from the rules with a promise that they would catch up later. That’s not going to happen, apparently.

Source: US News & World Report

Further news:

Cleantech leaders from 11 countries are now set to converge on Berlin and Wroclaw for the next edition of the Cleantech Revolution Tour, including longtime EV and solar leaders from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, the USA, Sweden, and Portugal.  Two workshops during the conference will focus on creating a Cleantech Communication Handbook and one focused on formulating a solid cleantech investment portfolio (article coming).   See conference site for more details on the schedule below.

Berlin — June 28

Coffee & Hello Benni Schulz 9:30 Ahoy Berlin
Communication is Key to Revolution Zach Shahan 10:00 Ahoy Berlin
Robotaxis +/- Carsharing +/- Business as Usual Jacek Fior 10:10 Ahoy Berlin
Residual Value & the Future of Automakers Roger Atkins 10:20 Ahoy Berlin
EasyCharge.me — Charging Made … Easy Artur Sychov 10:30 Ahoy Berlin
Panel & Audience Discussion: Future of Mobility — What Consumers Will Expect and Demand Nazar Shymone-Davyda, Daniel Priem, Roger Atkins, Jacek Fior 10:45 Ahoy Berlin
Stimulating EV Awareness, Experience, & Adoption Afeez Alade-Kolawole 11:00 Ahoy Berlin
Converting Paris Gare de l’est from a Train Station to a New Mobility Hub Ross Douglas 11:15 Ahoy Berlin
The Hot Dutch Market — Good & Bad EV Policies Koen Schroder 11:30 Ahoy Berlin
Panel & Audience Discussion: How Cities can Facilitate EV Growth — Policy Perspective Koen Schroder, Ross Douglas, Roger Atkins, Peter Badik 11:45 Ahoy Berlin
Lunch 12:15 Ahoy Berlin
A Mass-Market EV Charging Solution Nazar Shymone-Davyda 13:15 Ahoy Berlin
What’s the EV Charging Mix in 2025? Peter Badik 13:30 Ahoy Berlin
PlugSurfing Jacob van Zonneveld 13:40 Ahoy Berlin
Panel & Audience Discussion: “Promises, Challenges, & Unique Features of Growing a Cleantech Startup” Artur Sychov, Daniel Priem, Jakub Stęchły, Tomek Gać 13:50 Ahoy Berlin
Which Automakers are Really Leading in EVs? Jose Pontes, Viktor Irle 14:20 Ahoy Berlin
Coffee & Special Activity (secret) 14:30 Ahoy Berlin
EV Sales Today & in 2025 Jose Pontes, Viktor Irle 15:00 Ahoy Berlin
Panel & Audience Discussion: EV Sales Today & in 2025 Afeez Alade-Kolawole, Jose Pontes, Viktor Irle, Zach Shahan 15:10 Ahoy Berlin
Global Energy Solutions to Reach 100% Renewables Hans-Josef Fell 15:30 Ahoy Berlin
Panel & Audience Discussion: 2025–2035 Energy Markets & Energy Mix Hans-Josef Fell, Elizabeth Ferguson, Ala Kazlova, Tobias Engelmeier 16:00 Ahoy Berlin
Coffee 16:30 Ahoy Berlin
Solarizing without a Roof/Rooftop Solar Panels Jakub Stęchły 16:40 Ahoy Berlin
Design-Centred Approach to Renewable Energy Solutions Ala Kazlova 16:50 Ahoy Berlin
Getting Cities Moving Using ADASE — Active Mobility, Data Analytics, & Autonomous Shared Electric Vehicles Ross Douglas 17:00 Ahoy Berlin
15 Levers Cities Can Pull to Accelerate (not Block) EV Adoption Witold Chmarzyński 17:15 Ahoy Berlin
Driving from Poland to Wales in a Nissan LEAF Tomek Gać 17:30 Ahoy Berlin
How Does “Today” Turn into “Tomorrow”? (Literally & Figuratively) Jacek Fior, Zach Shahan 17:40 Ahoy Berlin
Tesla Shuttles Jakub Stęchły, Benni Schulz, Tomek Gać, Jacek Fior, Zach Shahan 18:00 Tesla Shuttles

Wroclaw — June 29

Coffee & Hello Jacek Fior 9:00 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
When the Future Attacks Zach Shahan 9:30 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
EV Revolution is Coming to Poland Too — Don’t Be So Pessimistic Jacek Fior 9:40 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Is Solar Shining in Poland Yet? Piotr Pająk 9:50 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Who will the Winners & Losers of Energy Revolution be in 5 Years? 10 Years? 30 Years? Marcin Popkiewicz 10:00 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Panel & Audience Discussion: Cleantech Revolution in Poland? Winners & Losers? Really? Solar PV, EV, & Energy Storage Progress, Roadblocks, & Potential in Poland Piotr Pająk, Marcin Popkiewicz, Jakub Stęchły, Jacek Fior 10:10 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Coffee 11:00 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
EU Policies for EVs: Electromobility Policy Recommendations in the Context of the Clean Energy Package Roman Targosz 11:15 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
EV Sales Today & in 2025 Jose Pontes, Viktor Irle 11:25 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Panel & Audience Discussion: EV Sales Today & in 2025 Jakub Stęchły, Peter Badik, Jose Pontes, Viktor Irle 11:40 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Lunch 12:00 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Changing Mobility in Cities — Modes As Well as EV vs ICE Tomek Gać 13:00 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
EV Charging Solutions that Work Peter Badik 13:10 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
How EV Manufacturers are Adapting to the Shifting Market Jose Pontes, Viktor Irle 13:20 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Panel & Audience Discussion: How EV Manufacturers are Adapting to the Shifting Market Peter Badik, Jose Pontes, Viktor Irle, Zach Shahan 13:30 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Coffee & Special Activity (secret) 14:00 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Workshop: Investing in the Future Benni Schulz 14:30 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Carsharing & Ridesharing Hype vs Reality Jacek Fior 15:00 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
TBA Darek Szwed 15:15 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Panel & Audience Discussion: What can Polish cities do to advance cleantech and green life? Roman Targosz, Witold Chmarzyński, Jacek Fior 15:30 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Coffee 16:00 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Legal Progress & Hurdles In E-Mobility in Poland Witold Chmarzyński 16:10 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Renting & Sharing EVs Krzysztof Gawalek 16:20 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum
Workshop: How To Handle Trolls — Your Cleantech Communication Handbook: 10 Cleantech Messages to Hammer Home, & How Jacek Fior, Zach Shahan 16:30 Hotel Mercure Wroclaw Centrum

Learn more about the conference or just head straight over to eventbrite and get a ticket (note that CleanTechnica Facebook fans can register using the $19/day rate).

Hans-Josef Fell, President, Energy Watch Group, & Member of the German Parliament from 1998–2013.  

Hans-Josef Fell, member of the German Parliament from 1998–2013 and spokesperson for energy policy of the Alliance 90/The Greens, is an internationally known political advocate for 100% Renewable Energy. He is President of the Energy Watch Group (EWG), Ambassador for 100% Renewable Energy and Senior Advisor at DWR eco GmbH. Hans-Josef Fell is the father of the German Renewable Energy legislation (EEG), which has been a model policy for almost 100 countries worldwide.

Jacek Fior, Founder, ELMO CarSharing & TShuttle

Jacek is an entrepreneurial type who sees opportunities all around. He ran his own corporate language training company and international translation agency, Quest Corporate Language Solutions, for 15 years, but he recently exited in order to focus on cleantech. One of his many passions, besides card tricks and mixology, is electric cars and their fast rise onto the market. He is currently working on launching the Polish platform of CleanTechnica — cleantechnica.pl — in the hopes of helping people to understand the revolution we are witnessing. He is also the cofounder of a electric carsharing company ELMO and electric city-to-city shuttle TShuttle.

Roger Atkins, Founder, Electric Vehicles Outlook

Roger is a high-networked consultant within the EV arena, and a keen proponent of benign environmental technology — especially solar energy and renewable storage. Urbanisation, Connectivity, and Sustainability are the 3 key drivers as Roger sees it. He has comprehensive experience in automotive brand development — from initial vehicle research and design through to retail. With 25 years of experience in key positions at Volkswagen, Volvo, Virgin, Audi, Mercedes, and Ricardo, Roger has been blessed with a few trips around the block.  Roger was UK Audi Experience Manager in the mid-90s, witnessing the craft of Peter Schreyer with the Audi TT. He worked alongside Malcolm Gladwell at a P&G Seminar just as he published The Tipping Point. Roger was then involved in early-day internet retailing with Richard Branson at Virgin Cars, high-speed amphibious vehicles at Gibbs, hybrid taxis with Azure in 2005 at LTI, Modec electric delivery vans in 2007–2011, and part of the team at Ricardo shaping and witnessing the beating heart of innovation.  As an EVangelist, Roger sees the principal remaining challenge as infrastructure establishment, and also the need to educate and inform the consumer as to the many merits of EVs.

Zach Shahan, Director, CleanTechnica

In 2013, Zach was named one of the top 20 influencers on fuel economy matters alongside President Obama, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, the US Secretary of Energy, Nissan & Renault Chairman & CEO Carlos Ghosn, GM’s CEO and president, and several other car company execs as well as a few leading auto journalists.  Zach is the director and editor of CleanTechnica as well as EVObsession.com and SolarLove.org (two sites he also founded). He’s also president of Important Media, which is the parent network to CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, Solar Love, and 13 other progressive media sites.  Zach has been referenced, interviewed by, or published in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, the Chicago TribuneCNBCReuters, and numerous other news outlets and websites. He has also given presentations, provided workshops, and moderated panels at clean energy and electric vehicle conferences in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and India.

Marcin Popkiewicz, Author & Editor of best-selling books & award-winning websites

Marcin Popkiewicz is a megatrend analyst and journalist focusing on interconnections between economy, energy, resources, and environment. He’s the author of best-selling books World at the Crossroads and Energy Revolution. But why?, and also Editor of naukaoklimacie.pl (Climate Science) and ziemianarozdrozu.pl (Earth at the Crossroads) websites.Marcin is also President of the Polish Chapter of ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil), a member of the INSPRO (Institute for Civil Affairs) Program Council. He’s also a laureate of numerous awards, including: “Renewable Energy Promoter,” “Journalists for Climate 2015,” and “Economicus 2016” in the category “The best book propagating economic knowledge.”

Roman Targosz, Project Manager of Energy & Electricity, European Copper Alliance

Roman Targosz graduated from Wroclaw Technical University in Poland in 1986 in the Power Engineering Department. His employment experience included working for ABB in the manufacturing of traction and synchronous machines and open pit industry equipment. In 1995, he graduated from the ABB Executive Management Development Program. In 2000, Roman joined the European Copper Institute, where he works till today as Energy and Electricity Project Manager, responsible for power quality, energy efficiency of transformers, energy management, and advocacy programs. He is deeply involved in the e-learning activities of Leonardo Academy.