Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Cars sold around 59,000 electrified cars worldwide in Q1/2021, including more than 16,000 fully electric passenger cars. This corresponded to a share of around ten per cent of total sales; in Europe, the share of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in sales even exceeded 25 per cent.
Mercedes-Benz Cars expects the share of electrified passenger cars to continue to grow for the coming quarters as the model range expands. According to new information, Mercedes has so far recorded around 20,000 orders for the EQA, which was presented in January. The first deliveries of the EQA to customers started at the end of March.
For the Smart brand, which is included in the above figures, global sales in Q1 amounted to 9,729 passenger cars: “a strong growth of 65.9% due to the high demand for all-electric vehicles in Germany”, the Stuttgart-based company announced.
Sales of commercial vans from Mercedes-Benz Vans rose 18.2% year-on-year to 76,328 in Q1 2021. According to Daimler, the eSprinter and the eVito contributed to this growth in Europe. Specifically, Mercedes-Benz Vans sold around 1,200 electrified vans, up 150% compared to Q1 2020.
“This underlines our strategic aim of ‘lead in [electric drive systems]’,” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “In the second half of this year, we will bring the new Citan to market, followed by its electric version next year. This will make us a provider of electric vans in every segment.”
Mercedes is planning more attempts at all-electric vehicles this year with the EQS, EQB and EQE in the passenger car segment. The EQS, as is well known, is to be presented next week, on 15 April. In the plug-in hybrid segment, the Stuttgart-based company also aims to expand its portfolio to nearly 30 model variants by the end of 2021.
However, Daimler says that the current global supply shortage of certain semiconductor components has affected deliveries in the first quarter and will also impact sales in the second quarter. According to an accompanying statement, the company continues to monitor the situation closely and is in close contact with its suppliers.