CATARC report - November 2018: NEV trends in China

New energy vehicle production exceeds 130,000 units in October


Production volumes in China (Summary)

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  Production volume of new energy vehicles (excluding vehicles equipped with a lead-acid battery) in October 2018 exceeded 130,000 units, marking a record high for monthly production. Production volume increased by 22.29% month-over-month (m/m). Production volumes of new energy vehicles in October for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) accounted for 78% and 22%, respectively, of the production share. By vehicle type, production volumes of passenger cars, buses, and special-purpose vehicles accounted for 86%, 5% and 9%, respectively, of the share.

Production volumes in China


  Production volume of EVs in October 2018 increased by 25.73% m/m. Production volume of passenger EVs increased by 31.07% m/m. Forty-seven automakers produced passenger EVs, and two of them produced over 10,000 units. Most of the vehicles were equipped with a ternary battery.

  Production volume of electric buses declined by 18.26% m/m. Thirty-five bus makers produced electric buses. None of the vehicles were equipped with a ternary battery.

  Production volume of electric special-purpose vehicles increased by 27.43% m/m. Seventy-one vehicle makers produced electric special-purpose vehicles, and two of them produced over 1,000 units. Most of the vehicles were equipped with a lithium-iron phosphate battery, followed by a ternary battery.


  Production volume of PHVs in October 2018 increased by 10.69% m/m. Production volume of passenger PHVs increased by 11.45% m/m. Fifteen automakers produced passenger PHVs. By brand, BYD and Roewe ranked first and second, respectively.

  Production volume of plug-in hybrid buses declined by 59.93% m/m. Six bus makers produced plug-in hybrid buses. All of the vehicles were equipped with a lithium-ion manganese-oxide battery.


  Production volume of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in October 2018 increased by 1,313% m/m.

Trends in China

MIIT issues frequency band regulation for communication of connected cars

  On November 13, 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China issued a “regulation controlling the direct communication of connected cars, enforcing the use of a frequency band of 5,905 to 5,925 MHz (interim enforcement).” Upon the issuance of this regulation, the agency made it clear that the 5.9 G frequency band will be used for direct communication of connected cars based on LTE-V2X technology.

MIIT excludes 161 models from list of new energy vehicles exempted from purchase tax

  On October 31, 2018, the MIIT publicly announced that it has excluded some models from the “model list of new energy vehicles exempted from purchase tax”. The models no longer subject to tax exemption are vehicles in the 12th list issued in September 2017 and were neither produced nor imported by September 2018. One-hundred and sixty-one models were excluded of which 14 of them were passenger cars.

Connected car industry of Beijing City white paper (2018) is released

  On October 21, 2018, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology released the “connected car industry of Beijing City white paper (2018)”. The white paper mainly describes the definition of connected cars and classification of industries, the development of domestic and foreign industries, the advantages and challenges of Beijing City, and the innovation plan of the connected car industry in Beijing City.

  The white paper also states that the government has set targets in which the scale of the connected car industry in Beijing City will grow to CNY 100 billion by 2022, a connected-car technology system that meets advanced autonomous driving conditions (level 4) will be built, and the connected car technology will be brought up to at a level where it can compete globally.

NIO to unveil ES6 on December 15

  NIO Auto will hold the NIO Day 2018 on December 15 in Shanghai City and unveil the new ES6 EV. The ES6 is a mid-size SUV (sport utility vehicle) and is positioned under the ES8. The vehicle also has a longer cruising range than the ES8. Vehicle prices are set lower than the ES8 by CNY 80,000 to CNY 100,000.

Neta Auto releases Neta N01

  Neta Auto released the Neta N01 at the Auto Guangzhou 2018 on November 16, 2018. The vehicle comes in four versions—380v, 380e, 380i, and 380s. Vehicle prices range from CNY 126,800 to CNY 136,800 before subsidy deduction and from CNY 59,800 to CNY 69,800 after deduction.

Great Wall Motors releases Ora iQ with longer cruising range

  Great Wall Motors Company Limited unveiled the new Ora iQ at the Auto Guangzhou 2018. Cruising range of the vehicle has been expanded, reaching 401 km in NEDC mode. The base vehicle price after subsidy deduction is CNY 92,800.

Hanteng Auto releases X5 EV

  On November 16, 2018, Jiangxi Hanteng Automobile Co., Ltd. released the X5 EV at the Auto Guangzhou 2018. The vehicle comes in two versions—comfort and luxury—with vehicle prices ranging from CNY 109,800 to CNY 119,800.

MG EZS debuts at Auto Guangzhou 2018

  SAIC MG unveiled the brand’s first electric SUV—EZS—at the Auto Guangzhou 2018. The vehicle will be released in the first half of 2019.

Qoros Auto unveils Qoros 3 EV 500

  On November 16, 2018, Qoros Auto unveiled its first new energy vehicle—Qoros 3 EV 500—at the Auto Guangzhou 2018. The vehicle is based on the Qoros 3 sedan platform and has a cruising range of 450 km.

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