By the end of June, China's pure electric vehicle ownership stood at 12.594 million, accounting for 77.8 percent of total NEVs.
China's new energy vehicle (NEV) ownership reached 16.2 million vehicles by the end of June 2023, accounting for 4.9 percent of the total 328 million vehicles, according to data released today by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).
This represents an increase of 0.8 percentage points compared to the end of 2022. Data released at the beginning of the year showed that China's NEV ownership stood at 13.1 million at the end of last year, accounting for 4.1 percent of the total vehicle fleet of 319 million.
By the end of June, China had 12.594 million pure electric vehicles, or battery electric vehicles (BEVs), accounting for 77.8 percent of all NEVs, according to today's data.
A record 3.128 million NEVs were registered in the first half of the year, up 41.6 percent year-on-year and accounting for 26.6 percent of the 11.75 million new vehicle registrations, the MPS said.
From January to June, retail sales of new energy passenger vehicles in China rose 36 percent to 3.06 million units, according to preliminary data released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) on July 5.
Retail sales of all passenger vehicles in China from January to June were 9.528 million units, up 3 percent year-on-year, according to the CPCA, which means that NEV penetration in China was 32.1 percent in the first half of the year.
A total of 88 cities in China have more than 1 million vehicles, 41 cities have more than 2 million and 24 cities have more than 3 million vehicles.
Beijing and Chengdu have more than 6 million vehicles, and Chongqing, Shanghai and Suzhou have more than 5 million vehicles.
The MPS does not publish the number of NEVs held in different cities. Previous figures show that Shanghai had 945,000 NEVs by the end of 2022, accounting for 19.81 percent of all vehicle ownership of 4.77 million at that time.
By the end of 2022, Shanghai's pure electric vehicle ownership was 521,000, accounting for 55.13 percent of all NEVs.
From January to May of this year, Shanghai registered 117,431 new NEVs, accounting for 49.5 percent of all vehicle registrations of 237,264, according to the Shanghai Economic Information Center.
By the end of June, including motorcycle drivers, the number of motor vehicle drivers in China reached 513 million. The number of car drivers was 475 million, accounting for 92.7 percent of the total number of drivers.
In the first half of the year, 11.91 million people received new driving licenses in China, up 8 percent year-on-year.