China's auto industry is facing higher costs and a lack of consumer momentum, but production and sales of NEVs have continued their rapid growth, the CAAM said.

China's new energy vehicle (NEV) sales in March were 484,000 units, up 114.1 percent year-on-year and 43.9 percent from February, data released today by the China Association of Automobile Makers (CAAM) showed.

China's NEV sales rise 114% year-on-year to 484,000 units in March, CAAM data show-CnEVPost

New energy passenger vehicle sales in March were 461,000 units, up 117 percent year-on-year. Among them, battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales were 373,000 units, up 111.8 percent year-on-year, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales were 87,000 units, up 142.6 percent year-on-year.

China's NEV sales rise 114% year-on-year to 484,000 units in March, CAAM data show-CnEVPost

It is worth noting that the CAAM does not specify, but as long as the cars produced by the car companies are sold to dealers, they can be counted as sales, so the figure is the wholesale volume.

In the first quarter, China's sales of NEVs were 1.257 million, up 138.6 percent year-on-year, the data showed.

China's NEV production in March was 465,000 units, up 114.8 percent year-on-year. Production in the first quarter was 1,293,000 units, up 142 percent year-on-year.

Exports of NEVs were 16,000 units in March, up 71.5 percent year-on-year and down 67.2 percent from February.

Sales of all vehicles in China were 2.234 million in March, down 11.7 percent year-on-year and up 28.4 percent from February, the data showed.

Of the total, passenger car sales were 1.864 million units, down 0.6 percent from a year earlier and up 25.1 percent from February.

Under the impact of the Covid pandemic, market players are facing significantly more difficulties and new downward pressure is further increasing, the CAAM report said.

The chip shortage faced by the automotive industry has not been significantly eased, while the rapid rise in raw material prices for power batteries has further raised production costs, according to the report.

The consumption momentum in the auto market is also clearly lacking, with a certain degree of decline compared to the same period last year, the report said.

It is worth noting that the production and sales of NEVs continued the momentum of rapid growth, with a market share of 19.3 percent and a further prominent role in strategic leadership, the CAAM said.

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