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Disruptive Tech Theme of the Week: Electric Vehicles

In my new role as head of thematic strategy at VettaFi, I aim to bring you a weekly disruptive tech theme to consider. Even prior to this week’s spike in oil prices associated with renewed tensions in the Middle East, last week was ramping up to be a big week for electric vehicles (EVs) and their supply chain.

EV-Related Current Events

Here are just a few of the key highlights:

  1. Tesla cut prices on it Model 3 and Model Y vehicles as competition continues to heat up in the EV space and Tesla tries to hold on to its dominant position. Adding to their price cuts, most Teslas also qualify for Inflation Reduction Act tax credits. These entitle purchasers to a $7,500 federal tax credit in addition to local incentives.
  2. Tesla’s sales trends in the U.S. and Europe remain robust. However, Tesla is losing share to local competitor BYD in China in price wars there. Tesla’s China-made EV sales dropped 10.9% in September per the China Passenger Car Association. Tesla’s problems in China are a significant issue, as China made up 65% of global new electric vehicle (NEV) sales in August.
  3. EV vehicle registrations were up 45% year over year in August and now equal 18% of the world’s total auto sales. If you add plug-less hybrids into the mix, one-quarter of global car registrations now have some form of electrification! In terms of the tech adoption S-curve, that is a significant disruption milestone. Globally, 100% battery electric vehicles (BEVs) now represent 70% of the YTD market share of plug-in electric vehicles sold.
  4. One interesting note reported by Bloomberg CityLab, is that hybrids are regaining popularity amid cost and charging concerns.
  5. The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has said that it will not further “expand its strike” after winning a major breakthrough, bringing electric vehicle battery plants into the union’s national contract.

Playing the Electric Vehicles Theme

All this news bolsters the case for electric vehicles as a disruptive theme. As such, it is nascent and features an accelerating adoption curve despite immediate cost parity and charging infrastructure concerns.

So how do investors play this disruptive theme? There are many different ETF options to consider. Here are a few:

  • Battery Metals & Technology – Several ETFs invest in the “picks and shovels” supply chain of electric vehicles. They hold companies involved in the production of battery metals and materials used to power EV batteries. The Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF (LIT) is one of the largest funds in this category, focused on lithium and battery technology. The Amplify Lithium & Battery Technology ETF (BATT) also offers exposure to the lithium battery supply chain. However, it includes other metals used in EV batteries such as cobalt, nickel, and manganese. The fund is essentially a one-stop shop. It also covers battery stocks and charging names. Further, it can have up to 10% exposure to companies deriving at least 90% of their revenue from EV sales.
  • Rare Earths – Rare earth elements are used not in the batteries, but in the motors of EVs. The VanEck Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (REMX) is the largest ETF in this category, while the Optica Rare Earths & Critical Materials ETF (CRIT) offers similar exposure with less weight in China and more diversification overall.
  • Electric Vehicles – For investors wanting a pure play on electric vehicles themselves, there is the new Defiance Pure Electric Vehicle ETF (EVXX). Other funds that offer broader thematic exposure including autonomous vehicles and chips and sensors are: the KraneShares Electric Vehicles and Future Mobility ETF (KARS), the Global X Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF (DRIV), the First Trust S-Network Future Vehicles & Technology ETF (CARZ) and the SPDR S&P Kensho Smart Mobility ETF (HAIL).

For more news, information, and analysis, visit the Disruptive Technology Channel.

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