More and more car manufacturers announce their intentions to stop selling fossil fueled cars. Volvo made its pledge a long time ago, Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz have plans to stop by 2030, Stellantis, Ford Europe, GM, Audi and VW - they all set their sights on EV-only sales.
In China BYD was one of the first manufacturers to stop sales of fuel powered cars (still selling hybrids though) and as a result its sales went up. Great Wall Motors was clearly paying attention since its Haval brand was directly affected by that decision.Haval H9 was a best selling SUV in China until this year
Haval H9 is a large SUV and it has been the best selling SUV in China for a few years. Since BYD focused its efforts on electric cars, its own SUV, the Song has become a runaway success. Its sales overtook the sales of Haval H9 and left the company no choice but to make its own pledge to stop selling ICE cars.Interior of Haval H9
Great Wall Motors announced that Haval will focus on electric cars from now on and will stop selling combustion engine vehicles by 2030. The company wants Haval to have at least 80% of sales made up of electric cars by 2025 - that’s a huge target and not a lot of time.BYD Song is a family of cars - Song Plus is a medium sized crossover
When BYD announced the decision in March, the sales of its electric cars topped 100,000 in the following five months. Great Wall was caught off guard by its competitor, in 2021 H6 sold 213,304 units between January and July. In the same period of this year, H6 sold only 147,870 units and was overtaken by BYD Song which sold 200,357 units. While Haval H6 lost over 30% of sales, BYD Song went up by nearly 115%.BYD Song Pro is a larger SUV and can be had as a BEV or with a range extender
It’s not only manufacturers who shy away from ICE vehicles. For the very first time in China, the Hainan province announced it will ban sales of conventional combustion engine powered cars from 2030. Now that is a big step, China clearly is set on going electric and it wants to do it fast.