After taking a significant hit following the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, electric vehicle (EV) sales in the world’s biggest market are finally showing signs of recovery.

In February, according to figures from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), new energy vehicle (NEV) sales plunged 77% year-on-year to a mere 11,000 vehicles—the lowest since January 2017, when Beijing began phasing out subsidies on electric vehicle purchases.

China’s biggest automakers have been the hardest hit by the virus. In March, the country’s NEV giants—BYD, BAIC, and Geely—saw their deliveries plummet by two-thirds year-on-year. This marked three consecutive months of decline, in which the automakers saw their deliveries fall by more than half.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen

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