It's Not a Great Time to Invest in Electric Vehicles

Alex Healey
· 2 min read
On June 29, 2010,
launched its first IPO on the stock market. They issued 13.3 million shares, at a price of $17 each.
Early investors have been rewarded for their faith in electric vehicles (EVs), as Tesla shares are currently valued at $714.
The success of Tesla led to dozens of other EV stocks entering the fray, and as electric vehicles look to go mainstream, you might be curious about investment opportunities.
Sadly, there is no obvious "second coming" of Tesla in the stock market. In fact, many EV stocks are struggling.
If you’re thinking about investing in an EV company you might want to hold off for a little.

A tough market for EV stocks

As explained by
Investor’s Business Daily
(IBD), the CAN SLIM system for finding growth stocks says they should have track records of earnings growth and market performance.
Most new EV stocks including Fisker (FSR), Canoo (GOEV), and Lordstown (RIDE) are lacking these things.
Some electric car makers do sell thousands of units, but have yet to make a profit, often due to massive investments in improving their tech.
Based on recent performance, it’s hard to predict which new EV stocks, if any, will take off.
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What will happen with EV stocks?

Investor’s Business Daily points out the recent market sell-off, fueled by concerns over a resurgence of the pandemic, has left EV stocks "severely damaged."
In addition to this, all automakers have been hit by the semiconductor chip shortage. They have had to spend more money exploring new supply lines, and sold fewer units than planned due to manufacturing delays.
The good news is customer demand for electric cars is still increasing. When manufacturing is back to full capacity, most companies have a backlog of vehicles already sold.
Things look pretty good in the long term too. President Biden has just signed an executive order aimed at making half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 electric, and he has promised more EV infrastructure spending.

The top-rated electric car companies

While the market has been hard on EV stocks, Investor’s Business Daily believes there are still some worth looking at.
Their top five picks are Tesla, GM, Ford, VW, and Ferrari.
IBD explains that while most of these are not pure EV stocks, they are all heading in that direction.
It seems pretty certain that the electric revolution is upon us. The newer EV stocks will be hoping there’s still room at the table.

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