EV Sales At Warren Buffett-Backed BYD Tripled In December, Adding To Big Gains By China Makers

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., speaks during the … [+] virtual Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting last May. Berkshire owns shares in China EV maker BYD worth about $7.7 billion. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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China electric vehicle leader BYD today added its name to a list of makers in the country to report a big increase in business in December and cap a year of rapid growth.

BYD, the Shenzhen-headquartered vehicle and battery maker backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, said on Monday sales of new energy vehicles more than tripled in September to 93,945 compared with 28,841 a year earlier. For all of 2021, it sold 603,782 new energy vehicles, compared with new 189,689 in 2020, an increase of 218% from a year earlier, the company said in an announcement.

Earlier this month, BYD domestic rivals XPeng – backed by Alibaba, NIO – backed by Tencent, and Li Auto all reported big increases in December and full-year deliveries in China, the world’s largest auto market and second-largest economy (see related post here).

BYD’s overall business is more diversified than its rivals – it also makes handset components and photovoltaics. Among its customers are Dell, Apple, Xiaomi and Huawei. Berkshire Hathaway holds 225 million shares, or a near 7.9% stake, in BYD worth about $7.7 billion at today’s closing price of HK$265.20 at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

For its part, Tesla said yesterday it delivered 936,172 of its namesake cars and crossovers to global customers in 2021 (see related post); the company doesn’t detail its sales in China. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, is worth $297 billion on the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List today.  BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu is worth a mere $22.4 billion.

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