Sales at BYD Co., China¡¯s largest electric vehicle maker, jumped 47 percent from a year earlier to 42,159 last month on demand for plug-in hybrids and a new multipurpose vehicle.
In January, the company¡¯s sales of plug-in hybrids and EVs totaled 7,141 vehicles, nearly 11 times the figure a year earlier.
The sales surge was driven by BYD¡¯s three plug-in hybrids -- the Qin compact sedan and the plug-in hybrid versions of the Tang and Song crossovers.
Last month, the three plug-in hybrid models combined to generate sales of 7,109.
BYD sold 39 EVs comprised of sedans, crossovers and buses during the month.
In January, sales of the company¡¯s gasoline models jumped 25 percent to 35,008 thanks to the strong volume generated by the new MPV, the Song MAX.
Deliveries of the Song MAX, a seven-seat vehicle, reached 15,068 last month. It went on sale in September with a starting price of 79,900 yuan ($12,683).
BYD, based in the south China city of Shenzhen, is listed in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.