Investing for the long term

Electric vehicles : road to new investment opportunities

As well as helping to address environmental and geopolitical concerns about energy use, the move to electric mobility is creating exciting and ethical investment opportunities. Julie Dickson, Investment Director with Capital Group, explained in the latest “Investing For The Long Term” podcast.

Julie, in conversation with Maison Moderne’s Jim Kent, explained why the ongoing transition to EV is not just being sustained by global consumers’ desire to do good, but by the efforts of governments to regulate and provide incentives. She compared how different markets have been responding to this trend.

  IEA, Global EV Outlook, 2021

  IEA, Global EV Outlook, 2021

While highlighting where policies have been successful in encouraging drivers to trade in their petrol and diesel cars for a greener alternative, she also pointed to bottlenecks that have so far prevented a larger uptake. The relatively high initial purchase price of EVs and the availability of charging infrastructure are key factors.

Julie discussed how these challenges can be overcome, as well as some of the market trends and the investment opportunities that flow from such considerations. These trends and opportunities are related to vehicles themselves, charging networks, electricity grids and more. This is not to forget the drive to develop and fund sources of green energy.

Investors want to know to what extent these changes will be facilitated by disruptive new market entrants (Tesla being the obvious example), or whether the traditional manufacturers have the capacity or even willingness to adapt. While noting the strengths of Elon Musk’s company, Julie explained that these high-end cars account for only a small fraction of the EV supply chain.

This leaves considerable space in which other businesses can compete. This applies to car manufactures themselves, but also their suppliers, be they makers of hardware components or providers of the increasingly sophisticated software and services that are integral to EV production, maintenance, and use. Julie also discussed how she sees the retail market embracing these changes, and which innovations could generate new consumer demands in the future.

Forecasts provided for illustrative purpose only Sources: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Statista. 2023 and 2020 are forecasts as at 31 December 2020

Forecasts provided for illustrative purpose only Sources: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Statista. 2023 and 2020 are forecasts as at 31 December 2020

She also noted the concerns around batteries. Not only do these need to be produced in a more efficient and less environmentally impactful fashion, but the recycling and reuse of these units also need to be addressed. Within all this, investment opportunities abound.

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