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China EV sales to 'make or break' Honda in next 5 years: executive

Automaker targets 800,000 units in 2030, up from 10,000 last year

A prototype of Honda's e:N electric vehicle is displayed at Auto Guangzhou in November 2021.

GUANGZHOU -- Honda Motor plans to sell 800,000 electric vehicles in China in 2030, the carmaker's regional operations chief told Nikkei, a feat that would represent a dramatic comeback in a highly competitive market.

To put that goal in perspective, Honda sold 10,000 EVs in China last year, a year in which local rival BYD more than tripled its sales of new energy vehicles -- a category that includes EVs and other electrics -- to 600,000 units.

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