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BYD Green Vehicle Sales Sputter in January

A vehicle is prepared for electro-magnetic interference testing at a lab in BYD's Shenzhen headquarters on Sept. 21. BYD accounted for 16% of the total 700,000 NEV units sold in China in 2017, according to the China Passenger Car Association. Photo: VCG
A vehicle is prepared for electro-magnetic interference testing at a lab in BYD's Shenzhen headquarters on Sept. 21. BYD accounted for 16% of the total 700,000 NEV units sold in China in 2017, according to the China Passenger Car Association. Photo: VCG

Automaker BYD’s new-energy vehicle sales in January fell far short of expectations, despite Beijing’s efforts to promote the clean technology, according to new data published by the company.

BYD Co. Ltd. sold 42,338 vehicles last month, including 35,000 traditional internal combustion engine cars. Only 7,330 of the sales were of new-energy vehicles (NEV), the automaker said on Wednesday. The figures marked the first time BYD specified NEV sales in its monthly total, as it aims to have such cars play a bigger role in its business.

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