China on its way to being the first country to sell over 1,000,000 passenger electric vehicles in one year as EV sales buck the trend showing record sales each month while combustion vehicle sales falter. 
Chinese EV sales for November 2018 broke records again at a time when passenger car sales fell 16.1% year-on-year. The production and sales of electric vehicles for November stood at 173,400 and 169,300 units respectively, an increase of 36.93% and 37.62% over the same period of the previous year. The portion of pure electric vehicles were 135,300 and 138,100, respectively, up 23.58% and 30.30% over the same period of the previous year, while the production and sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles were respectively 38,000 and 31,100 respectively, a year-to-year increase of 121.71% and 82.50%.
On an annual basis, the production and sales of electric vehicles in China stood at 1,053,500 and 1,209,800 respectively from January to November, an increase of 63.63% and 68% over 2017. Pure electric vehicles production and sales were 806,600 and 790,900 respectively, up 50.30% and 55.66% over 2017. The production and sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles were 246,600 and 238,800 respectively, up from 2017 by 130.27% and 127.58%.
Looking at the passenger vehicle segment, only EV sales for November 2018 stood at 136,000 units, an increase of 10.4% October 2018 and 55.9% on November 2017 bringing the total sales for the year to date to nearly 890,000 units. The Top 3 EV models sold in China is the BAIC EC series, the BYD Tang Plug-in hybrid and the BYD Yuan compact SUV EV. BYD’s other models slipped out of the Top 10 though making way for newcomers such as the YGM E Line A0 class EV which surprised with 4,204 units sold in November 2018.
For the full report see the monthly sales report here.
Should Passenger EV sales in December be on par to that of November then total sales for 2018 would be higher than 1,000,000 units. It is expected however that December sales could be as high as 200,000 units due to a host of new models that came into the market and the introduction of lower subsidies in 2019. It is, therefore, a foregone conclusion that Chinese EV sales in 2018 will be more than double that of 2017.


NIO introduced a six-seating version of the NIO ES8 which was released in July 2018 in a seven seter configuration. NIO has already sold over 10,000 units of the ES8 in the first five months of it being on the market and it was the 12th best selling electric car in November 2018. Pre-orders for the NIO ES8 six-seater which is priced at ¥456,000 starts on the 24th of December 2018.

NIO unveiled its second passenger car, the NIO ES6 EV SUV at the 2018 NioDay event in Shanghai. The NIO ES6 with a max range of 510km (319 miles)(NEDC) offers more range than the current NIO ES8 which stands at 355km (220miles). The NIO ES6 is available at first in limited launch edition with deliveries starting in Q2 2019. Only 6,000 units of the NIO ES6 launch edition will be released. The NIO ES6 looks very much like its larger brother the ES8 and has much f the same features such as NIO Pilot, the Advanced Autonomous Driving Assitance System featuring the mobileye eyeq4 system consisting of 23 sensors. The six-seater with a 2/2/2 configuration has a range of 510km (319miles) on the NEDC test cycle form an 84kWh battery pack. The NIO ES6 Performance edition accelerates to 62mph in just 4,7 seconds while the dual motor standard edition in 5.6 seconds. The NIO ES6 produces a maximum power of 544 horsepower (406kW) from a Permanent Synchronous electric motor paired with an Induction motor, the first EV SUV to employ both. The NIO ES6 standard edition will be available from Q3 2019. The NIO ES6 has a top speed of 200km/h (125mph) and a braking distance of 33.9m from 100km – standstill.


The NIO ES6 structure consists of 2 sqm of high-strength carbon fiber structural parts making the vehicle lighter and stronger. The body is made of aerospace grade 7075 aluminum. The NIO ES6 includes NIO’s “nomi” in car AI system bringing together to turn the EV SUV into a smart, fun, expressive, and intuitive driving companion.

Pricing for the NIO ES6 EV SUV are as follows:

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The launch edition of the NIO ES6 is priced at ¥498,000 ($72,000) before government subsidy and comes with extra’s valued at ¥117,000.  The price difference between the basic and performance models is ¥40,000 with the main technical difference the drive train, body materials, and active air suspension.NIO Pilot is installed in the launch edition and available as an upgrade at a cost of ¥39,000 to the other models.


NIO ES6 | Drivetrain | nomi AI system


Leapmotor announced that its S01 two-door four-seat electric coupe will be launched on the 3rd of January 2019. The S01 which is targeted at the young consumers will be available in two different range configurations and in four trims. The S01 will be priced after taking subsidies into account between an estimated ¥100,000 and ¥150,000. The four trims will be the 380 Standard Edition and 380 Pro with a range of 300km (188miles) and the 460 Standard and 460 Pro with a range of 380km (238miles).


Environmental filings by FAW Toyota revealed that the company is re-tooling its plant in Jilin Province and preparing to produce 16,200 RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles annually from April 2021.


The Japanese auto brand Infiniti announced that it will unveil a pure electric concept SUV at the 2019 North American International Auto Show to be held in Detroit in January 2019. The CUV EV Concept will reflect the Nissan owned brand’s vision for its electrification strategy which will commence in 2021. Infiniti showcased its sedan vision car, the Inspiration Q, at the 2018 event and Prototype 10 at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d ’Elegance which showcased the company’s in-house developed EV platform.

“The concept car we will show in Detroit is the beginning of a new era for INFINITI, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand. Electrification and other new technologies have given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy,” said Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI.

INFINITI previews future fully-electric crossover

INFINITI will preview a vision for its first fully-electric crossover at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit


The Chinese authorities are busy revising its EV subsidy policy for 2019 and based on feedback from the industry it seems that the subsidy will be slashed by around 40%. I have compared the current EV incentives in China to the proposed new table. According to the 2019 Chinese EV subsidies, pure electric cars with a range below 200km (125miles) will not qualify for subsidies anymore, and the top band moves from 400km (250 miles) to 500km (313 miles). Other than in 2018 where there was a transition period which allowed for the 2017 subsidies to phase out only by March 2018 the 2019 subsidies will come into effect on the 1st of January, which will result in a run on EV models during December 2018. I will post the full 2019 EV subsidy policy once its made public.

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A group of German companies came together to develop the Iridium EV campervan which will be unveiled at the CMT Travel fair to be held in January 2019 in Stuttgart. The Iridium is by no means the first electric campervan shown but it will be the first to come to market in 2019. The developers of the Iridium is the Stuttgart based campervan seller, WOF and vehicle retrofitting company ElektroFahrzeuge Stuttgart (EFA-S) and Swiss campervan manufacturer Maurer Fahrzeugbau. The drivetrain developed by EFA-S is the same that has been used in UPS electric delivery vehicles. The Iridium electric campervan has a range of around 200km (125miles) and can be charged either by a wall socket, through a 22kW wall box or 50kW CCS charger.


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