Chinese language battery and electrical automobile maker BYD reveals off a mannequin of its Han EV sequence on the 2020 Beijing auto present.

Evelyn Cheng | CNBC

BEIJING — Chinese language automaker BYD bought greater than twice as many battery-powered electrical vehicles as start-up Nio delivered in March.

BYD, which is backed by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett, disclosed Tuesday that gross sales of its battery-powered passenger vehicles totaled 16,301 items final month.

That is greater than double Nio’s deliveries in March of seven,257 vehicles. Rival start-up Xpeng delivered even fewer automobiles, at 5,102 items final month. Each firms nonetheless beat analysts’ expectations with these figures.

Within the new vitality automobile class, which incorporates hybrid in addition to pure-electric vehicles, BYD bought greater than 23,000 items in March — that brings the entire within the first quarter to 53,380 vehicles.

BYD additionally bought practically as many oil-fueled automobiles within the first quarter, at 49,394 items.

The gross sales of electrical vehicles come as China’s auto market recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the nation the toughest within the first quarter of 2020.

New motorcar registrations within the first quarter of this yr climbed to a document excessive of 9.66 million, China’s Ministry of Public Safety mentioned Tuesday. New vitality automobiles accounted for 466,000, or simply over 6% of newly registered vehicles, the info confirmed.

The share of latest vitality vehicles nationwide which are pure electrical was 81.5% within the first quarter, about the identical because the ratio in 2020, in line with public safety knowledge.

Relating to the worldwide market, China’s electrical automakers nonetheless have a big hole to shut.

Electrical automobile market chief Tesla mentioned final week it delivered 184,800 vehicles worldwide within the first quarter. Whereas the U.S. electrical automobile maker didn’t get away figures for China, the corporate famous in a launch: “We’re inspired by the robust reception of the Mannequin Y in China and are shortly progressing to full manufacturing capability.”

Elon Musk’s automobile firm started deliveries of a China-made Mannequin Y in January. The automobile was the third best-selling new vitality automobile in China in February, in line with the China Passenger Automobile Affiliation.

Tesla has put in annual manufacturing capability for 200,000 Mannequin Y items at its manufacturing facility in Shanghai, in line with an investor presentation in late January.