Mercedes doubles EV sales over Q2
Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars more than doubled its sales of battery-electric cars in the second quarter to 56,300 units – specifically by 123 per cent. This growth was particularly due to demand in three model series. The van division also posted gains in Q2, but not as strong as the passenger car business.
As reported, 23,500 BEVs with the star were still sold in Q2 2022. With the 56,300 fully electric vehicles sold, the Stuttgart-based company not only significantly outperformed the second quarter from last year, but also the best quarter of 2022 (Q4 with 42,400 units) and also Q1 2023 – with 51,600 BEVs.
The good electric result is mainly due to demand for the EQA (+73 per cent) and EQB (+83 per cent) as well as the EQE (+157 per cent). For the EQE, the Stuttgart-based company cites sales of 9,000 vehicles, but for the EQA and EQB, only the percentage improvement is cited.
Although the EQE SUV only went on sale in mid-December (and initially only as an AMG, the weaker versions have only been available to order since May), the SUV has already overtaken the sedan: Mercedes is reporting sales of 10,000 units for the EQE SUV. The larger EQS SUV is also mentioned as another electric model. Notably, 10,900 vehicles were sold in the first half of the year – whereas the EQE SUV only represents the sales of the second quarter.
Across all drive types, Mercedes sold 515,700 units in Q2, an increase of 6 per cent. This means that sales of electric cars grew at a disproportionately higher rate, but still only account for 10.9 per cent of sales. BMW presented its Q2 figures at the end of last week. The Munich-based company achieved not only a higher total BEV sales number, but also a BEV share of 14.1 per cent. Mercedes managed a bit better on the German market: the electric share was already 17 per cent there.
Incidentally, the figures for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars do not include Smart’s electric cars. The vehicles sold via the joint venture with Geely are only included in the statistics from Mercedes-Benz Cars. A total 61,200 BEVs are reported for the second quarter, bringing Smart sales to 4,900 units.
In the first six months of 2023, Mercedes-Benz Cars sold 102,600 BEVs worldwide (+121 per cent). With total sales of 1.02 million vehicles, the electric vehicle share in the first half of the year is an even ten per cent.
Mercedes-Benz Vans sold 5,100 electric vans in the second quarter, 18 percent more than in the same period last year. Since around 120,000 units were sold including the internal combustion vans, the E share for Mercedes vans is only 4.25 percent. Mercedes-Benz Vans does not provide details on the individual electric models in its statement.
“With a clear focus on sustainable growth, we continued to increase sales in all key regions and segments in the second quarter, especially in our electric vehicles and in the top-end segment,” says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales.