China's EV exports surge to record on European demand

China's EV exports surge to record on European demand

Automotive News Europe — 2022-12-29

Automotive Industry

Exports of electric vehicles from China more than doubled in November, creating a monthly record, mostly fueled by European automakers that farmed out the production to the country.  

Car manufacturers in China exported $3.2bn worth of electric vehicles in November, up 165% from a year ago to reach the highest-ever monthly total, data from the nation's customs authority showed.

European countries such as Belgium and England were the biggest importers, taking up nearly 70% of the shipments.

Exports of electric passenger vehicles accounted for more than half of the total car shipments for two months in a row, with November registering a record high of $6bn in exports.

The numbers come at a time when European automakers, including Volkswagen Group and BMW Group aim to make parts and cars inside China due to limited production capacity at their home markets.

SAIC Motor, the Chinese owner of MG Motors, which has consistently increased European sales this year, has also expanded its distribution network to sell electric vehicles in Europe through imports.

Tesla shipped more than 37,000 cars from China in November, after exporting only 60 in March and none in April, when it halted assembly due to the lockdown in Shanghai.