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China 100% Electric Bus Sales Drop To ~89,546 In 2017

Shenzhen long line of electric buses

Total Number of Electric Buses Sales in China for 2017

The Chinese market for pure electric buses had approximately 89,546 sales last year. This is down from 115,700 sales in 2016. This means that year on year, the market sales decreased by 23%. Reports indicate that this decrease is down to multiple factors, but mainly due to changes to electric bus subsidies from Chinese national and local governments.


Electric Bus Subsidies

The production and sales of electric vehicles have been deeply impacted by government policy and the structure of subsidies, meaning that most sales are concentrated around the end of the year.

Lined up electric buses

In 2017, in particular, it was learned that the 2018 subsidies would be significantly reduced, which created a large year-end surge in demand.

The Chinese electric bus market is still dominated by two big companies, Yutong and BYD. BYD is the leading electric bus manufacturer, while Yutong is the largest overall bus manufacturer in the country.

Electric Bus Sale Numbers 2017

Annual and monthly electric bus sales numbers for China are below:

China Electric Bus Sales
December 36,191
November 18,113
October 6,568
September 8,169
August 5,772
July 5,470
June 6,540
May 1,623
April 452
March 617
February 0
January 31
Total 89,546

Year China Electric Bus Sales
2011 1136
2012 1904
2013 1672
2014 12,760
2015 94,260
2016 115,700
2017 89,546
TOTAL 316,978

The Future of the Market

In 2018, the Chinese electric bus market is in for some big changes as policy from national and local/city governments start to collide. In a following article, I will outline some Chinese local governments policies and goals to provide greater details on the up and coming market developments.

Hydrogen fueled electric buses will also be a increasing trend, as the Chinese governments has started to provide increasing support and subsidies towards that industry.

Final Word

We should see more details and analysis of these numbers as the year moves on. For a detailed look at the 2016 numbers, please read this article on CleanTechnica. These sales are just the data behind the world-changing events happening around China, such as Shenzhen’s bus fleet going 100% electric in 2017. Keep an eye on CleanTechnica and CHINA X Cleantech for more.

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When not researching the Chinese electric car market, I am teaching in China. My interest in sustainable development started in University and it led me to work with Tesla Europe in the Supercharger team. I'm interested in science fiction, D&D, and travel.


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