Mercedes-Benz EV sales to grow by 73 per cent in 2023
Battery-electric cars accounted for eleven per cent of total sales at Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars last year. If plug-in hybrids are included, the share was 19 per cent. A look at the other major car manufacturers helps to put things in perspective. The BMW Group sold a total of 376,183 fully electric vehicles in 2023 (+74.4% compared to 2022), giving it an EV share of 14.7 per cent. The growth momentum at Mercedes and BMW is therefore almost identical. However, electric cars already account for a larger share of BMW’s business.
VW sold around 394,000 fully electric vehicles worldwide in 2023, which corresponds to a moderate increase of 21.1 per cent compared to the previous year and represents only eight per cent of VW’s total sales. Combustion engine cars continues to dominate sales at Volkswagen.
But back to Mercedes. The Group’s total sales rose by 1.5 per cent to 2,491,600 cars and vans in 2023. In contrast, the electric car business grew significantly with an increase of 73 per cent. Mercedes publishes the relative growth rates for some models: sales of the EQA increased by 57 per cent in 2023, those of the EQB by 109 per cent and those of the EQE saloon by 120 per cent. According to the manufacturer, BEV sales on the US market rose by 167 per cent, driven by the EQE SUV. These figures do not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the absolute sales figures of the individual models.
Nevertheless, the Group reports that Smart sold a total of 18,100 BEVs in 2023 (-12% compared to 2022). Mercedes-Benz Vans sold 22,700 pure electric vehicles (+51% compared to 2022). Both figures are not yet included in the 222,600 electric cars sold by Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars.