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How to invest in electric vehicles
How to invest in electric vehicles

How to trade in electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are sparking a revolution in the automotive industry. Discover how to trade in electric vehicles with us, the world’s No.1 trading provider.1

Start trading today. Call +44 (20) 7633 5430, or email sales.en@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24/5.

Contact us: +44 (20) 7633 5430

Start trading today. Call +44 (20) 7633 5430, or email sales.en@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24/5.

Contact us: +44 (20) 7633 5430

If you’re ready to trade in electric vehicles, follow these steps:

1. Make a decision to trade

Trading lets you speculate on rising or falling prices. With us you can trade derivatives via CFDs.

2. Identify a stock or ETF through your own analysis

Carry out your own technical and fundamental analysis to identify a stock or ETF that you’d like to take a position on.

3. Open an account and place your EV trade

Open a trading account to speculate on prices with CFDs.

Learn about the electric vehicle industry

The electric vehicle (EV) industry is dedicated to the research, development and production of electric alternatives to vehicles with internal combustion engines. Many people claim that EVs are more environmentally friendly because they rely on lithium-ion batteries rather than fossil fuels.

Because of the growing interest in the electric vehicle industry – and the gradual phasing out of cars that run on fossil fuels – some sources state that lithium demand is set to triple by 2025, with demand for electric vehicle batteries possibly even overtaking the global lithium supply.

This means that the metal itself or the mining companies that produce it could be good opportunities to get indirect exposure to any future growth in the electric vehicle industry. That’s because more electric cars on the road equates to a higher demand for the materials in their batteries.

Global lithium consumption vs electric vehicle battery demand graph, 2014 - 2024

Discover why people trade or invest in electric cars

People trade or invest in electric cars to get exposure to an industry that is dubbed to expand significantly in the 2020s. Outsiders like Tesla (TSLA) have become mainstream, and the economies of scale will undoubtedly make electric vehicles more accessible to a greater number of customers as more and more companies begin researching, developing and producing electric vehicles.

And, with leaders like US President Joe Biden announcing that they’re replacing government fleets with electric vehicles, and car companies like Jaguar stating that they’ll be entirely electric by 2025, you can see why people are starting to wonder about trading or investing in the electric vehicle industry.

Electric vehicles are one of several thematic trading opportunities that’ve gained popularity in recent years – and people are interested to see exactly what this industry has in store. Other thematic opportunities include water, 5G and artificial intelligence.

Remember, with us you can only trade derivatives via CFDs.

Decide which electric vehicle asset you want to take a position on

With us, you’ll be able to trade in electric vehicle stocks or ETFs.

  • Stocks give you exposure to the share price movements of companies that are directly involved in the electric vehicle sector like Tesla, or indirectly like lithium producers
  • ETFs are a basket of different securities – often the shares of multiple companies – that will give you broad exposure to the electric vehicle sector
  • Stocks
  • ETFs
Trading

Speculate on stock prices rising or falling with CFDs.

Trading

Speculate on ETF prices rising or falling with CFDs.

  • Electric vehicle stocks live market prices
  • Electric vehicle ETFs live market prices
EV stocks and their brand names all together

Trade in electric vehicles via CFDs

Trading
Markets Electric vehicle shares and ETFs
Method Trading derivatives like CFDs
Time frame Short to medium term
Initial capital required Deposit (margin)
Returns Profit from long and short positions
Cost of trading Commission when CFD trading. Margin requirements vary
Risk Leverage can magnify both your profits and losses as they’ll be based on the full exposure of the trade, not just the margin required to open it. This means losses as well as profits could far outweigh your margin, so always ensure you’re trading within your means.
Style Day trading, swing trading, trend trading and position trading

Trading vs investing in detail

Trading and investing are similar terms that are sometimes used interchangeably. But, we like to be clear about the distinct differences between them.

‘Trading’ means that you’re speculating on the price of something rising or falling using derivatives. With us, the derivatives you’ll be using are CFDs – and you can use them to take a position on electric vehicle company shares or ETFs, without owning them directly.

These are leveraged products, which means they enable you to get full market exposure for an initial deposit – known as margin. But, while leverage can increase your profits, it can also increase your losses.

‘Investing’ means that you’re taking direct ownership of something to benefit from prices rising. You’ll be able to invest in the shares of individual companies that are involved in the artificial intelligence sector, or in ETFs to get broad exposure to AI.

Leverage isn’t available when you’re investing, so you’ll need to commit the full cost of your position upfront. While this could increase your initial outlay, it also caps your maximum risk at the amount of money you paid to open your position.

Remember, with us you can only trade derivatives via CFDs.

Trading electric vehicle opportunities

  1. Create or log in to your CFD trading account
  2. Go to our platform
  3. Search for your opportunity
  4. Decide whether to go long or short, choose your position size and take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open and monitor your trade

Identify an opportunity through your own analysis

Analysis can be either technical or fundamental, and you should use both to inform your decision making before you open a position.

  • Technical analysis looks at chart patterns, technical indicators and historical price action
  • Fundamental analysis is based on the fundamentals of a company, including its net revenue and profit and loss statements

Interested in analysis? Find out more at IG Academy

Pick your platform and place your electric vehicle trade

We’ve got an award-winning trading platform2 – available on desktop or on-the-go with our mobile app. You’ll be able to search for your next electric vehicle opportunity directly from our platform’s search function. We’ve also got in-platform news and analysis from our in-house team of experts and Reuters newsfeeds.

Step-by-step guide to making an electric vehicle stocks or ETFs trade

Here’s a screenshot of our trading platform, with some steps that take you through how to open a CFD position.

  1. Search for and select your opportunity
  2. Choose ‘buy’ to go long or ‘sell’ to go short
  3. Put in your position size
  4. Set your stops or limits to help manage your risk
  5. Place your deal and monitor your position
screenshot from IG platform showing how to place a trade

When you’re ready to place your electric vehicle trade, make sure that you familiarise yourself with the range of risk management tools that we offer – like the stops and limits that you can access from our platform’s deal ticket.

Risk management is important, especially with CFDs because you’ll be using leverage to open your positions – which can increase both your profits and your losses.

We’ve also got educational resources like IG Academy, with free courses on how to analyse the markets and get the most out of your trading. If you’re not ready to trade the live markets yet, maybe you’ll want to try our demo account – which gives you $20,000 in virtual money to build your confidence in a risk-free environment.

1 Based on revenue (published financial statements, 2023).
2 Best Finance App, Best Multi-Platform Provider and Best Platform for the Active Trader as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2023.