China reports notable growth in sales of new-energy vehicles

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Sales of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in China posted robust growth in August, as the world’s largest auto market steadily expands its recovery, industry data showed Thursday.

About 109,000 NEVs were sold last month, up 25.8 percent year on year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

In the first eight months, about 596,000 NEVs were sold, down 26.4 percent year on year.

CAAM data also showed China’s auto market maintained its recovery momentum last month, as increasing demand and strengthening incentives have pushed positive market growth.

The country’s total automobile output hit 2.12 million units in August, up 6.3 percent year on year, while total sales hit 2.19 million units, up 11.6 percent year on year.

China’s auto market, hit by COVID-19, began to recover in April thanks to unleashed pent-up demand and encouraging policies, with sales rising 4.4 percent year on year. This ended a contraction streak over the past 21 months, according to CAAM.

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