BYD’s Higher EU EV Profits Defy China Tariffs

BYD, a prominent player in the EV market, is turning heads with its higher profits in the EU compared to China, despite facing new tariffs. So, what’s the deal with BYD’s defiance of China tariffs in the EU market?


Following the EU’s imposition of a 17.4% duty on Chinese EV imports, BYD found itself in a bit of a pickle. Surprisingly, BYD is raking in bigger profits on certain EV models like the Seal U in the EU compared to China, despite the tariffs. This unexpected turn of events indicates BYD’s strategic stronghold in the European electric vehicle landscape.

Why does it matter?

BYD made a bold move by entering the European car market in 2020. Since then, they’ve expanded their EV lineup with models like the Atto 3, Han, Tang, Dolphin, and Seal. The Atto 3 emerged as BYD’s best-selling EV in Europe, with promising sales figures exceeding expectations. Despite facing challenges such as the EU’s tariffs on Chinese EVs, BYD remains optimistic about its future sales prospects in Europe.

How is it going to shape the future?

Research suggests that the current tariffs may not be sufficient to hinder BYD and other Chinese EV manufacturers from gaining market share in Europe. To level the playing field, higher tariffs in the 40 to 50% range, or even higher, might be necessary. This price gap is not exclusive to Chinese automakers, as European sales prices for electric vehicles, including Volkswagen’s ID.4, are significantly higher than in China. BYD’s CEO sees these tariffs as a reflection of China’s auto industry strength and remains confident in BYD’s ability to thrive despite the challenges.

In conclusion, BYD’s unexpected success in the EU market amidst tariffs highlights the dynamic nature of the global electric vehicle industry. As BYD continues to forge ahead with its expansion plans, the future of EV sales in Europe remains a fascinating space to watch.

(Source: CarNewsChina, Rhodium Group, Electrek)