China's new energy passenger car sales are expected to reach 2 million units this year, up 70 percent from last year, Cui Dongshu, secretary-general of the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), said Thursday.

Sales of all new energy vehicles are expected to reach 2.2 million units this year, up 900,000 units from last year, he predicted.

Cui predicted that the wholesale volume of new energy passenger cars in China will reach 1.97 million this year, up 68.4 percent year-on-year.

Of this, January-February will contribute 18 percentage points, March-June 28 percentage points, and the second half of the year 23 percentage points.

The Chinese government implemented a new subsidy policy at the beginning of 2021, and sales in January were down only 20 percent from December, meaning new energy passenger cars are still popular, Cui said.

He said sales of new energy vehicles were better than expected at the beginning of 2021, mainly because of the pull of new products.

As the impact of COVID-19 wanes in China, new-energy vehicle sales grew rapidly in the second half of 2020, reaching 200,000 monthly sales in late 2020.

The high growth of new energy vehicles in the second half of 2020 was due to new products for private consumption, such as the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV, Han EV, and Model 3.

These new products at the high and low ends of the price band have a low dependence on subsidies, and it is market demand that was driving sales, according to Cui.

China's new energy passenger car sales up nearly 80% in Dec

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