China’s Electric Vehicle Leaders – Who Are They?

The Nio EP9 self-driving concept electric vehicle (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Pop quiz: Name China’s top five electric vehicle makers.

Not so easy, right?  Don’t worry. You’re not alone — and the China EV revolution is just getting started.

I recently gave a talk at the 3 Revolutions conference hosted by the University of California- Davis. The event marked the launch of a new book which I co-authored: Three Revolutions: Steering Electric, Shared and Autonomous Vehicles To A Better Future. Right after the talk several people approached me with a similar set of questions:

1. Who are the leading Chinese electric vehicle makers?

2. How do their cars perform – range, reliability, speed, price?

3. How soon will they hit American shores

Here’s what we know:


• Chinese brands accounted for 96% of 711,000 EVs built and sold in China last year.

• BYD, Beijing Electric Vehicle Corp,  ZhiDou, Shanghai Auto and Zotye are the major producers. 

• Tesla, Nissan Leaf and Denza are the only three non-Chinese EV brands for sale today.

• Even the Chevy Bolt is not currently sold in the PRC.

A BYD Qin  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

China’s Best-Selling EVs in 2017

#1 – Beijing Auto EC 180

#2 – Geely ZhiDou D2

#3 – BYD Song DM

#4 – Chery eQ

#5 – BYD E5

Nino Plevnik

I am an electric cars lover. I love our planet and want to leave it in good condition to our children. One of the good ways to do this is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. As a technical person I worked on computers, hardware maintenance and programming. Otherwise I like advanced technologies, music, books, movies, life and nice weather.

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