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China's NEV sales soar in Q1

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-04-09 16:53
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A Wuling Hongguang Mini EV is displayed in Haikou, Hainan province, Oct 24, 2020. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING -- Sales of new energy vehicles in China increased by 2.8 times year-on-year in the first quarter amid the steady recovery of the country's automobile sector, data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed Friday.

In the first three months, NEV sales amounted to 515,000 units. In March alone, NEV sales surged 2.4 times year-on-year to reach 226,000 units, the data showed.

The production and sales of NEVs continued to set new records in March, the CAAM said.

The better-than-expected NEV sales came amid government push and rising market enthusiasm for eco-friendly cars. In November last year, China unveiled a development plan for its NEV industry from 2021 to 2035 that aims to accelerate the country's transition into an automotive powerhouse.

China will further promote the high-quality development of NEVs by advancing the integration of technologies such as electrification and intelligent networking, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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