BEV Sales Decline

BEV Sales Decline

The automotive industry has long been a reflection of global economic, technological, and societal trends. As sustainability efforts surge worldwide, electric vehicles (EVs) have taken centre stage in many markets. However, as the Q3-2023 report reveals, the Indian passenger vehicle landscape presents a more nuanced picture. Despite the global push for greener transportation, consumer choices are driven by various factors, ranging from price, and value proposition, to brand reputation.

This report delves into the performance, challenges, and opportunities of the Indian passenger vehicle market in Q3-2023, with a specific focus on the EV segment.

Overview and Top Key Points of BEV Decline

  • The Indian passenger vehicle market experienced its best-ever quarter, registering an 8.3% growth over Q2-2023.
  • The battery EV (BEV) sector, however, witnessed a decline, dropping 10.3% in sales.
  • Both BEV and strong-hybrid EVs (HEV) combined sales remained stagnant, accounting for 4.2% of the market.

Combined Sales Stagnate

Market Trends:

  • BEVs saw a drop in sales to 24,028 units, making up 2.2% of the PV market in Q3-2023.
  • Strong-hybrid EVs bounced back, thanks to Toyota’s ramped-up production, with sales reaching 20,022 units or 2% of the Q3-2023 PV market.
  • Despite offers like discounts and price corrections, brands like Mahindra, Citroen, and MG couldn’t combat the overall BEV sales dip.
  • A critical observation is that brands need to maintain their core value promises to succeed in the Indian market.

Tata and Toyota dominate

Top Performers:

  • Tata: Continued to dominate the BEV market, despite a 7% sales drop from the previous quarter. Tata Tiago EV was the best-selling BEV for the quarter.
  • Toyota: Led the strong hybrid EV sector with a 74% market share. Toyota Innova Hycross was the standout product in this category.
  • MG: Witnessed slight growth due to their new product, the Comet, launched in Q2-2023.

Indian PV market grows


  • Companies like Mahindra, Citroen, and BYD experienced significant sales declines, resulting in discount offers.
  • MG had to adjust the pricing for the ZS EV in light of the market downturn.
  • Honda faced sales hurdles because of their higher price tags, trailing behind Maruti in the market standings.

Maruti Comes Next


  • Lower fuel costs: Strong-hybrid EVs can achieve significantly higher fuel economy than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, which can save you money on fuel costs over time.
  • Reduced emissions: Strong-hybrid EVs produce fewer emissions than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, which can help to improve air quality and reduce your environmental impact.
  • Improved performance: Strong-hybrid EVs often have more power and torque than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, which can lead to improved acceleration and handling.
  • Less maintenance: Strong-hybrid EVs have fewer moving parts than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, which can lead to reduced maintenance costs.


  • Higher upfront cost: Strong-hybrid EVs are typically more expensive to purchase than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.
  • Limited electric-only range: Strong-hybrid EVs typically have a limited electric-only range, which means that they will eventually need to use a gasoline engine to power the vehicle.
  • More complex technology: Strong-hybrid EVs have more complex technology than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, which can make them more expensive to repair and maintain.


Q3-2023 provides a fascinating snapshot of the ever-evolving Indian automotive sector. While the overall passenger vehicle market has seen unprecedented growth, the EV sector’s performance underscores the importance of aligning with consumer expectations.

As BEVs face headwinds, strong-hybrid EVs demonstrate resilience, hinting at a more diverse future for India’s green transportation. Brands, regardless of their global standing, will need to continuously adapt, innovate, and engage with the Indian consumer to ensure success in this dynamic market. The path ahead, though challenging, holds immense promise for those willing to listen, learn, and lead.


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