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China’s New Energy Vehicle Growth Slowed after Subsidy Cancellation

Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDQ: SINA) recently reported that, according to the data just released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), from January 1 to 15, the national new energy passenger car manufacturers wholesaled 187,000 units, a month-over-month decrease of 38 percent. The market retail sales reached 184,000 units, a month-over-month decrease of 33 percent. According to a report released by CPCA, on January 18, the growth of new energy vehicle sales has entered a bottleneck stage. After the discontinuation of the government’s new energy policy in 2023, sales growth will be a serious problem. At the same time, the prices of new energy models have increased too much in the early stage. Orders are decreasing and the price cuts of leading manufacturers such as Tesla have been aggressive, which has caused consumers to take a wait-and-see attitude. China’s new energy vehicle subsidies started in 2010. In that year, a total of 25 cities in three batches were selected to carry out demonstration and promotions of energy-saving and new energy vehicles. Since then, the industrialization process has started. In 2016, the subsidy policy entered the full application stage. Under the government subsidy policy dividends, the new energy vehicle market has achieved rapid development. Recently, Tesla China began to cut prices, which disrupted the market rhythm to a certain extent. After Tesla announced the price cuts, the number of new orders increased significantly, and the traffic at Tesla stores in many regions of the country increased significantly too. Some customers who originally planned to order other brands even cancelled their orders and turned to Tesla.

Source: Sina, January 20, 2023