Spotlight on Lithium Battery Stocks

By now you’re well aware of the excitement brewing with the electric vehicle (EV) boom.

We already know that BMW is now aiming to sell 500,000 electric vehicles globally by the end of 2019.  Volvo has pledged to produce every car model with an electric motor by 2019.

General Motors said it would launch 10 electric and gas-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020 as part of its plan to make and sell EVs in that country. 

Even Volkswagen announced plans to invest $80 billion to bring 300 electric vehicle models to market in 2030. Of that, VW is expected to invest $50 billion in battery production in the next decade to support its electric cars.

We also know that Total SA’s chief energy economist believes electric cars could make up 15% to 30% of global new vehicle sales by 2030, as noted by Bloomberg.

And that OPEC just quintupled its forecast for sales of EVs to 266 million from 46 million. 

The International Energy Agency doubled its 2030 forecast from 23 million to 58 million.  Exxon Mobil boosted its 2040 estimate from 65 million to 100 million.

All of this is being fueled by very explosive growth in demand for electric vehicles, with sales of EVs expected to really take off by 2022.

And for most of these cars to run, they require a lithium-ion battery pack. 

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Even more interesting, analysts see “double-digit expansion in lithium demand given the momentum in electric vehicles, with batteries accounting for more than 50 percent of consumption in 2018 or 2019 and rising to more than 90 percent by the mid-2020s,” as reported by Bloomberg.  “The global lithium market could expand 20 percent this year, according to Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA. Last year, demand grew about 17 percent, it said in its annual report.

On demand alone, related stocks and ETFs have been incredibly explosive.

  • Sociedar Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM), a low cost lithium producer ran from a low of $20 in mid-2016 to a high of $65
  • FMC Corporation (FMC) exploded from $39 to $100
  • Albemarle Corporation (ALB) ran from a low of $65 to $140

Of course, we can also look at a related ETF such as the Global X Lithium ETF (LIT), which nearly doubled from $22 to $41.  What’s nice about an ETF such as this is that it gives you exposure to nearly 30 lithium stocks, like FMC, ALB and even Tesla (TSLA) at less cost.

Why wouldn’t you want exposure to this market?

By 2025, according to Grand View Research, the global lithium ion battery market could reach $93.1 billion with a CAGR of 17% thanks to incredible demand for durable rechargeable batteries in electronic devices, grid storage systems and electric vehicles.

Of course, investing decisions are always up to each investor.

But with demand like this, the decision is easy.

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