June production and sales of new energy vehicles in China reached 65,000 units and 59,000 units respectively, increasing 43.4% and 33.0% respectively year on year.
Production and sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) totalled 54,000 units and 48,000 units, increasing 52.9% and 41.4% year on year. PHEV production and sales both reached 11,000 units, increasing 10.1% and 5.3% year on year.
In the first half, production and sales of new energy vehicles reached 212,000 units and 195,000 units respectively, increasing 19.7% and 14.4% year on year. BEV volumes were 175,000 units and 160,000 units, increasing 30.4% and 26.2% year on year; PHEV tallies were 37,000 units and 35,000 units, decreasing 14.4% and 19.7% year on year.
Media reports earlier this year said the government had targeted annual EV deliveries to account for 6.7% of total vehicle sales in China by 2020 while EVs were expected to take 20% of total sales by 2025.
The government will introduce tough EV quotas in 2018 to prod automakers to expand the number of EV models on sale and boost output.