A Neta (Nezha) V electric car is displayed at the Hozon Auto stand during an auto show in Tianjin, China, on October 4, 2021.
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BEIJING – Tesla and BYD remained by far the market leader in China’s electric car market in 2021, while new competitors emerged against smaller rivals such as the Nio, according to the China Passenger Car Association.
Union data showed, Thursday, that the economic electric car Hongguang Mini retained the best-selling position – more than triple sales last year to reach 395,451 units.
But more expensive cars from Tesla and BYD dominated the best selling cars in the new energy vehicle category, which includes battery-powered cars and hybrid cars.
Here is a list of the 15 best selling new energy passenger cars, including SUVs, in China for 2021:
1. Hongguan Mini (SAIC-GM-Wuling)
2 – Chen (BYD)
3. Model Y (Tesla)
4. Model 3 (Tesla)
5. Han (BYD)
6. Song (world)
7. Li One (Li Auto)
8. EQ (chery)
9. Benben EV (Changan)
10. Aion S (GAC transverse engine)
11. Ora Black Cat (Great Wall Motor)
12. P7 (Xpeng)
13. Tang (The World)
14. Aura Good Cat (Great Wall Motor)
15. Nezha V (Hozon Auto)
Three BYD models ranked among the top ten, with sales of BYD Qin sedan reaching 187,227 units — and surpassing sales of all Tesla models.
Close to BYD Qin was the Tesla Model Y, which launched in China last year and catapulted to the top of the new high-powered SUV segment with 169,853 units sold in 2021, according to the association.
The data showed that the Tesla Model 3 came next, with 150,890 units sold last year, an increase of nearly 10% from 2020.
Some in China’s auto industry have questioned the accuracy of the union’s numbers. But the numbers could reflect broader trends.
Li Auto’s Li One hybrid took the top 10 new energy passenger car list, while Xpeng’s P7 sedan took the top 15 spot.
A relative newcomer to the market, the low-priced, all-electric Nezha V SUV took 15th place, pushing three much more expensive Nio models to the bottom of the sales rankings.
Nezha is a brand of startup Hozon Auto, and it closed a 4 billion yuan ($625 million) financing round in the fourth quarter. Pricing for 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.