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Carmakers- the knights the world deserves and needs right now!

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As COVID-19 is only gaining momentum, more and more hospitals are warning they’re experiencing shortages in medical face masks, ventilators, gloves and other medical equipment. Pictures of nurses at one NY hospital that have been wearing trash bags instead of protective gear have told the whole story of what is going on in the medical supplies market. All of this is happening due to a lack of supplies and a limited number of companies that can produce face masks and protective wear. Consequently, there is chaos in the market. Many deliveries are just diverted from one buyer to another, without any understanding, agreement or mutual consent. This is everything but ok. The only solution to this problem is to increase the production of face masks and other medical equipment. Carmakers are part of this solution and are showing the way for the world to follow.

Chaos on the medical supplies market

Last week, German officials accused the US for “modern piracy” as the face masks that were purchased from the US producer 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) didn’t reach Germany as the package was intercepted in Bangkok and returned to the US. The Germans interpreted these actions as “wild west” methods.

Those masks were not delivered due to the invoked Defense Production Act. The Act allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to buy medical equipment it needs by using its authority. It also helps the agency to keep all the necessary medical equipment in the country by limiting or even preventing export. It is quite logical to prevent mask exports especially when COVID-19 is gaining momentum in the US while at the same time, it is losing its strength in Germany. After all, Germany also imposed similar export restrictions in early March 2020. This is an excellent example of the mess that is unfolding on the medical supplies market. Germans are accusing the US because they did not get the masks they ordered, but anyone can also accuse them for being hypocrites as they have done pretty much the same and only a month ago. But this will not solve the problem. That road leads to nowhere. What we need is cooperation and joint effort so we can produce more protective equipment.

Carmakers showed how the joint battle for lives and healthcare should be fought

Medical face masks, ventilators, gears and gloves are weapons against the virus. We need them now more than ever. And we don’t have enough of them. It is the root of the problem. So, if we want to solve this problem, production increase is the only solution we all should focus on. It takes time to gain the necessary know-how and organize an efficient production. It would all go much faster if there were many suppliers instead of just a few of them.

General Motors – a knight the world needs!

The US carmaker General Motors (NYSE: GM) realized this and provided manufacturing blueprints for face mask production. All those blueprints, with detailed specifications materials, equipment and processes will be available to all companies that want to join the fight against COVID-19. So far, GM has sent production instructions to 600 suppliers willing to join the war. GM could be selfish, and it could keep this know-how just for itself and gradually increase production in times when market demand is huge. It will certainly help benefit its finances. But they were not selfish. They did what was right. Additionally, last week GM began face mask test production in Detroit. It is expected that up to 50,000 masks will be produced per day, once the production line is running at full capacity utilization.

Tesla is also making progress

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) engineers showed their medical ventilator prototype. Its design relies heavily on car parts, but that’s not the point. What’s important is that Tesla showed to the world that it can count on its contribution. Timeline for production was not specified but nevertheless, these are encouraging news.

Volkswagen- synonym for solidarity

Finally, German carmaker Volkswagen AG (OTC: VWAGY) showed what the word “solidarity” means. Recently, it agreed with its interior supplier Faurecia S.E. (OTC: FURCF) to produce face masks and gowns. Supplier’s production lines in Mexico were modified and now they are producing masks and gowns. It was announced that its factory is ready to produce approximately 250,000 masks and 50,000 gowns per week. Volkswagen decided to donate its first batch i.e. 75,000 units to NY State hospitals. The arrival of this personal protective equipment is expected this week.  They didn’t send it to Germany even though they could but they had sent them to where they are needed the most – New York, the new epicenter of COVID-19.

Cooperation is the only way forward

This is how we should all fight this unprecedented health crisis that has put the whole world on hold. We don’t need mutual accusations, but cooperation and mutual understanding. Carmakers that are now facing existential problems have shown us the way we all should behave! Not to be selfish but human. Well done, carmakers!

This article is not a press release and is contributed by Ivana Popovic who is a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure . Ivana Popovic does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com Questions about this release can be send to ivana@iamnewswire.com

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The EV Industry Is Worth More Than The Traditional Automakers

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Many things that were considered to be impossible actually happened in 2020. One of them is that electric vehicle makers became more valuable than traditional automakers and by about by about $100 billion, according to Barrons. EV makers are now worth about $1.3 trillion whereas traditional car makers combined have a market capitalization of about $1.2 trillion. This figure includes 100 auto makers around the globe with market caps ranging from $10 million all the way to Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA). Based on its fully diluted share count, Tesla is worth about $1 trillion.

This feat is even more impressive if you consider that this is a much smaller industry based on actual number of cars. The last year taught us that the connection between the stock market and the economy is imprecise at best. However, the fact that technology enabled batteries to overpass ICEs is the kind of disruption that investors look for. Even though Tesla is the main contributor to the value of the EV market, the overall image is just as impressive as three of the top five most valuable are EV makers, with Tesla being followed by NIO (NYSE: NIO) and BYD (OTC: BYDDF). As for traditional automakers, Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Toyota (NYSE: TM) are the most valuable ones with both undergoing serious investments into electrification.

Traditional automakers are going electric

On Friday, BMW said it aims to double its sales of fully-electric vehicles this year. Including plug-in hybrids, it aims for a 50 percent increase in sales of electrified vehicles versus 2020. It did not give sales volumes for its fully electric vehicles but in data released on Tuesday, BMW said it sold close to 193,000 electrified vehicles, including fully electric and plug-in hybris in 2020. As a reminder, Tesla delivered almost half a million all-electric models last year, which is 75% of General Motor’s (NYSE: GM) third-quarter deliveries.

The automotive industry is at an inflection point

BEVs take approximately 1% of the total market for light vehicles, but the figure rises to about 3% if we include hybrid and plug-in hybrids. Why exactly it takes a relatively small market share to disrupt an industry is a bit of a mystery, but one reason is that more investment capital tends to flow in when market share come is within the 3% to 5% range. As more capital drives more innovation and improvement, investors are lured by high growth rates, bringing in even more capital and this is how success is made. Over the past year, EV makers have raised more than $20 billion in fresh capital, which is a fraction of what traditional auto companies spend on plants and equipment. However, on a per car basis, the EV industry is investing at roughly 10 times the rate of the traditional industry. Add to this President Joe Biden’s aim of a carbon-free future by 2035 and the drive toward adoption of EVs which is already seeing impressive results in Europe, the all-electric future is around the corner.

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Europe and EVs- A Blossoming Relationship

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) delivered around 96,000 units to the key European EV market in 2020. But in Europe, Tesla’s cars were overtaken in popularity by Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Renault (OTC: RNLSY). Sales of electric vehicles by European car makers accelerated rapidly in 2020 amid severe fines for car markers whose fleets don’t meet new emissions targets and generous incentives for buyers to trade in their ICE vehicles.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen reported it delivered 212,000 electric cars across the globe in 2020, which is 158% more than in the year prior. 134,000 of those vehicles were battery-electric vehicles, which grew 197% compared with 2019. Volkswagen also said that its ID. 3 model was the top-selling car in Sweden in December by absolute numbers. All-electric Volkswagen models were on top the Netherlands and Germany, taking approximately 23% of each country’s BEVs market.

Mercedes Benz

On January 8th, Mercedes-Benz-owner Daimler (OTC: DDAIF) said that the brand sold more than 160,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles in 2020, representing growth of more than 228% from 2019. The share of EVs in Daimler’s sales mix rose drastically from 2% in 2019 to more than 7% in 2020. Also, Mercedes-Benz brand remained the world’s top-selling luxury carmaker for the fourth consecutive year.

Renault

Renault reported that it doubled its electric-vehicle sales in Europe. While group sales fell more than 21% in 2020, its EV sales grew 100% growth from 2019 to 115,888 vehicles. Moreover, total orders at the end of December 2020 were up by 14% compared to December 2019, which was attributed to new hybrid offerings. EVs were the only good news in an otherwise bleak 2020 for the French carmaker, which underperformed both global and European car markets. At the very least, Renault avoided fines as it met its 2020 EU emissions targets. On January 14th, its chief executive officer Luca de Meo will present a strategy update which is expected  to include reviving some older best-selling models as all-electric models.

BMW

BMW (OTC: BMWYY) which also owns Mini, said that its two brands combined sold 192,646 electric vehicles in 2020 marking an increase of nearly 32% from last year. BMW also met its 2020 EU emissions targets.

Takeaway

European governments have created generous incentives to speed up the adoption of EVs, making them much more affordable. Come 2025 when emission targets become more stricter and threat of fines for not respecting them even greater, Tesla will certainly be playing against fully-fit opponents and could even potentially struggle. An EV-only future looks closer than ever in Europe as the race is now on to challenge Tesla’s leadership.

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Lenovo Makes Its Star Market Debut

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The COVID-19 pandemic had completely changed the way people work and learn. Operating from home actually turned around declining PC sales. Smartphones have been picking more and more market share from PCs and if there was no pandemic, this would probably still be the case. But instead of decreasing demand, there was record growth in PC sales as video collaboration software was needed to fulfill the need caused by closed offices and schools. The demand generated months and months of production. According to Reuters, sales of desktops, laptops, and tablets are expected to reach the level of 300 million shipments, the first time after its peak in 2008. This made all the PC manufacturers like Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE: DELL), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), and Lenovo Group Ltd. (OTC: LNVGY) very happy.

Lenovo CDR story

China’s Lenovo Group is listed at the Hong Kong stock exchange, with about 12.04 billion shares outstanding in total as of January 12th. The company decided to issue Chinese Depository receipts (CDRs) which will be up to 10% of the total number of shares to be listed on the Star Market of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The proceeds from the issuing of CDRs is planned to help the company’s research and development of new technologies, development of new products and solutions, and overall strategic investments in core segments. On Wednesday, the news caused to stock to drove the stock to its highest level since 2015.

The Star Market

The Star Market was launched in 2019 aiming for innovative technology companies that need more relaxed listing rules. In December, the Star Market counted 200 companies. A CDR or Chinese Depositary Receipt is a way for non-Chinese companies to list their shares in China. This is the equivalent to American depositary receipts (ADRs) which allow non-U.S. companies’ shares to trade on American exchange markets. Technically, CDRs and ADRs are not companies’ shares, but they represent an equity interest in a company. Besides Lenovo, an AI startup that specializes in facial recognition called Megvii Technology Ltd will also be among the first companies to benefit from this new structure.

Conclusion

Lenovo’s listing should be a breakthrough for Shanghai’s Science Technology and Innovation Board. Lenovo, a flagship of the Star Market, should attract much more followers and clear a path for many Chinese start-ups to raise capital in their home country. The company’s strong and growing global presence should continue to demonstrate the boom of China’s capital market and attract more investors to invest.

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