Are these the best electric vehicle (EV) stocks and ETFs to watch?
Electric car stocks have been popular even before Elon Musk sent a Tesla Roadster into space in 2018. Read on to learn why electric vehicle stocks have value, and which EV manufacturers are jostling for space on the stock market.
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Electric car stocks and ETFs: what you need to know about the sector
Electric vehicles (EVs) no longer represent a vision of the future. Last year, sales of battery-powered electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles made up 4.2% of the global car market – up from 2.5% the previous year.
But the market still has a lot of room to grow. In the UK, the government has been rolling out on-street charging points across the country, as well as offering a series of incentives to encourage people to make the switch to electric.
By 2030, the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, while in the US, President Biden has ordered that all 645,000 government-issued cars and trucks will be replaced with US-made EVs. Many other countries, including Canada, Norway, Spain and Singapore, have also committed to phasing out gas-run vehicles over the next ten to 20 years.
How to trade or invest in electric vehicle shares and ETFs
You can invest and trade in electric vehicle stocks by choosing a stock portfolio that include large- and small-cap companies which are active in the space. Alternatively, electric car ETFs offer instant diversification across the entire EV sector.
Follow these steps to access the growing EV market:
- Decide whether you want to trade an EV exchange traded fund (ETF) for broad exposure, or an EV stock
- Choose whether to trade or invest
- Open an account or log in to your existing account
- Place and monitor your trade
Trading and investing are two ways to take a position on electric vehicle stocks and ETFs. When you invest, you effectively take a long-term position in a company or fund in the hope that its value will rise over time. When you trade, you are making short-term decisions to make quick gains in growing markets.
Find out more about the difference between trading and investing
Easily the most famous EV manufacturer in the world – last year it was estimated that Tesla owns a massive 18% share of the global electric vehicle market. In 2020, Tesla’s market cap grew by more than $550 billion, making it the largest automaker in the world by a long shot.
The company is no stranger to criticism, with unpredictable chief executive officer (CEO) Elon Musk known for his ability to move Tesla’s stock price with a single tweet. The firm has also come under fire for delays in the roll-out of its electric vehicles, including the much-maligned cybertruck and the more affordable Model 3 car.
But the company’s long-term value lies in its ability to dominate the booming electric vehicle market, and produce the most efficient and cost-effective lithium-ion batteries.
Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer NIO has positioned itself as an affordable alternative to Tesla. Since the company was founded in 2014, it has released three premium electric SUVs and a sports car, and pioneered a battery-swapping programme across China.
The company has invested heavily in self-driving technology and other automation features. In 2020, it launched NOMI, the world’s first in-car artificial-intelligence system.
Inventors of the ‘fun utility vehicle’ or FUV, Arcimoto is carving out its own niche in the EV market by creating vehicles which are particularly suited for emergency services and deliveries. A new model – the Cameo – is currently in production, designed specifically for film making.
The company’s rapid growth led to its promotion from the NASDAQ Capital Market to the NASDAQ Global Market in April 2021.
Spartan Energy Acquisition Corporation
Spartan Energy Acquisition Corporation merged with electric vehicle maker Fisker in October 2020, with the aim of becoming ‘the No. 1 e-mobility service provider with the world’s most sustainable vehicles’.
The merger gave Fisker access to more than $1 billion, which will be used to fund the company’s manufacturing operations through to the end of 2022. By then, the automaker expects to have launched its first electric SUV, the Fisker Ocean.
Another US-based company, Ohio’s Workhorse Group designs and builds electric vehicles and aircraft, including delivery drones. For the year ending 31 December 2020, Workhorse reported its net income of $69.8 million – up from a loss of $37.2 million the previous year.
However, its stock price took a nosedive in March 2021, after it lost out on a lucrative contract with the US Postal Service.
Why do people trade and invest in EV stocks and ETFs?
- It is a growth industry, which has the buy-in of many governments
- Despite its infancy, the industry has already proven its ability to scale
- EV stocks and ETFs can form part of a balanced ESG portfolio
- It is easy to diversify, with many EV stocks and ETFs to choose from
- It is quick and easy to access these investments through the IG platform
Electric vehicle shares and ETFs summed up
- The EV market is set to grow substantially over the next 20 years
- You can take advantage of this growth by investing in EV stocks and ETFs
- It is easy to build a diversified EV share portfolio with IG
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