Car manufacturers around the world have began rolling out their electric vehicle lineups and are dumping huge sums of money into their EV departments. It's too late to make money in this sector - electric vehicles are essentially mainstream now. Or is it still early?
As of 2020, electric vehicles only make up 4.6% of all new cars sold worldwide. In the U.S. they only accounted for 2% of all new cars.
Projections show that EVs will take more and more market share over the next 20 years. It is estimated that by 2025, EVs will reach 10% of global passenger vehicle sales, growing to 28% in 2030 and 58% by 2040. These are projections only, so we can not say for sure this will happen. What we can discuss is what governments around the world are doing that will drive this growth.
Below are target dates set by countries to ban internal combustion engines or go fully electric:
As you can see, countries plan to phase out engines and move towards an electric vehicle world. In order to reach these goals, many of these countries have implemented incentives to get car manufacturers on board.
In that same article, you will notice governments have also began rethinking infrastructure; passing laws and providing funding to install publicly accessible electric chargers. The EU, United States, China, Canada, and India are some of these governments just to name a few.
Between the projections and governments ambitious goals, it is clear to us the Electric Vehicles are going to shape not only what we drive but how we drive. So, how are we playing this market? A little differently than most. We are investing in Alphabet (Google), Uber and General Motors.
Google is doing amazing things in the space. Recently, they partnered with Volvo to introduce the Polestar 2, an electric vehicle powered exclusively by Google. Google also owns Waymo, a self-driving technology company. Waymo recently partnered with Jaguar to develop an all electric self-driving car, the Jaguar I-Pace. If self-driving proves productive, we believe Google will lead the way.
Uber has committed to becoming a zero-emission platform by 2030. In order to meet this goal, Uber has partnered with U.K. commercial vehicle company Arrival to develop an EV specifically designed for ride-hailing. Uber also partnered with Ample, a company specializing in battery swapping to replace the traditional charging method. Ample also makes modular batteries that can be assembled into different shapes and sizes to fit different EVs. Uber is also providing incentives to its drivers to transition to electric vehicles by 2025. We like what Uber is doing overall, but specifically in the EV space.
A direct EV investment we have made is through General Motors. Out of all car manufacturers in the world, GM sold the most amount of cars in 2020. They plan to invest $20 billion into its EV product portfolio. Right now, Tesla is the leader in the EV space as they were first to market and have a significant headstart, but we believe GM can be a huge competitor and take a large portion of the market share from Tesla. Ford's introduction of the Lightning, the all-electric version of the most popular car in the world, the F-150, was also quite intriguing to us. But we chose GM due to their leadership and full conviction towards going electric.
There you have it. That's why we are excited about electric vehicles energy and the 3 EV companies we we are investing in. Our latest newsletter dives into four other areas that we are investing in for the future. Sign up here.
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