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COVID-19 Will Change the Auto Industry for Good and Further Push EVs

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As with every downturn: some companies will emerge stronger but others will not make it through. And the same goes for automakers. Even if they survive plants being idle, there are trends in consumer behaviour which will drastically change in the post-pandemic world such as less commute as both companies and employees now know the benefits of working from home. And what makes it all worse is that the industry was already getting ready for a brutal year even before COVID-19 was in sight.

Pandemics pushed sales in a free fall and is calling upon Darwinism to redefine things

The only way out is to realign the whole industry and whatever these companies end up doing, it will have a profound effect on its workforce: eight million people worldwide to be exact. The problem is that it took nearly a decade for European car manufacturers to recover from the 2008 Big Recession. And despite US taking half the time, sales are flat for about five years now. China’s immense size that resulted in explosive growth helped but then even that market has been stagnating for two years now. Although European manufacturers such as Volkswagen (OTC:VWAGY), Daimler AG (OTC:DDAIF), Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU) are getting ready to slowly restart their plants, unlike their US counterparts, everyone has to be wondering what lies ahead as we all know things will no longer be the same. Besides Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) whose flamboyant CEO is fighting with the authorities as it reopened its California plant without consent on Monday, Detroit’s automakers whose combined value has been exceeded by Tesla alone are waiting as orders are clear: it is too soon with the US being the new epicentre of the virus. COVID-19 wrecked Tesla’s momentum as the company has been on a wild ride this year but its fourth consecutive quarter of profitability is now even more challenging.

And there is the whole debate whether Tesla should be categorized as a tech stock. But traditional combustion-engine automakers have something else than legacy standing behind them, they learned the hard way to cushion such blows from the 2007-2008 financial crash. General Motors (NYSE:GM) especially as it even managed to make a profit in its latest quarter unlike Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU). But as sales plummet further, shutting down underused plants may be a matter of survival as when the EU went into lockdown in March, car sales were cut off by more than a half.

EVs are somewhere over the rainbow

Amid all this – Evs have shown supreme resilience and even despite plunging oil and gasoline prices. COVID-19 did eventually catch up to them in April but still far less than the traditional car market as the EU segment dropped 80% with only a 30% hit to EVs. And now that people get to actually witness the benefits that climate change activists are so fiercely fighting for as air has never been cleaner in modern history, it is to be expected that consumers will be willing to invest an extra buck into green purchases. There’s no way back after you’ve tasted something better, and in this case, it is way better in more ways than one.

Partnerships ahead- even between former enemies

To counter attack, traditional automakers will only have the option to unite such as Volkswagen and Ford Motor which are developing autonomous driving software together. But partnerships always bring in the psychological challenges as we know too well from the Renault- Nissan storyline. Yet, even the giant such as Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) is smart enough not to go at it alone while being among the strongest to weather the storm as it perfected its ship to be pretty much sinkless.

Long story short

Plunging sales could force factories to close and lead to takeovers and mergers, but also cause a surge in sales of electric cars as the pace of the electric revolution will only intensify. And regardless what you think of Musk, he also co-founded PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) which is another confirmation of his “visionary” capacity and he delivered and surprised the world with Tesla despite the financial concerns and bottlenecks. Tesla’s fortune fortunately turned well before COVID-19 took the world hostage. And most certainly has evaporated fears that electric cars will be owned by only a shiver of humanity. Moreover, now that Tesla has shown that traditional auto giants can be challenged, this opens a doorway for many green start-ups. And we didn’t even tackle green segment: solar technology, another one of Tesla’s segments and used by Worksport Inc (OTC:FNHI) which will make it even accessible by launching the world’s first pickup truck solar powered tonneau covers. But more on that in the post-COVID-19 era!

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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Ideanomics Announces MEG December and Q4 Sales Activity

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NEW YORKJan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) (“Ideanomics” or the “Company”) announces its Mobile Energy Global (MEG) division’s sales activities for the month of December and Q4 2020.

For the period starting December 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, MEG delivered a total of 439 units, of which 356 were for the taxi/ride-hailing business segment, and the remaining 83 were for the rental car business segment. All units, invoiced during the period from July through December 2020, were delivered. The fourth quarter’s activities also include the delivery of one charging system and 13 CATL battery systems which are part of an ongoing order for converting diesel-powered buses to battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The fourth quarter results do not include any units from the recently announced deal with BYD and Didi for 2,000 units of their D1 ride hailing vehicle.

About Ideanomics

Ideanomics is a global company focused on the convergence of financial services and industries experiencing technological disruption. Our Mobile Energy Global (MEG) division is a service provider which facilitates the adoption of electric vehicles by commercial fleet operators through offering vehicle procurement, finance and leasing, and energy management solutions under our innovative sales to financing to charging (S2F2C) business model. Ideanomics Capital is focused on disruptive fintech solutions for the financial services industry. Together, MEG and Ideanomics Capital provide our global customers and partners with leading technologies and services designed to improve transparency, efficiency, and accountability, and our shareholders with the opportunity to participate in high-potential, growth industries.

The company is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in BeijingHangzhou, and Qingdao, and operations in the U.S., ChinaUkraine, and Malaysia.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include “forward looking statements”. All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects” or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and include statements regarding our intention to transition our business model to become a next-generation financial technology company, our business strategy and planned product offerings, our intention to phase out our oil trading and consumer electronics businesses, and potential future financial results. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risks and uncertainties, such as risks related to: our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to raise additional financing to meet our business requirements; the transformation of our business model; fluctuations in our operating results; strain to our personnel management, financial systems and other resources as we grow our business; our ability to attract and retain key employees and senior management; competitive pressure; our international operations; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC, which are available on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risk factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

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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.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire 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

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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.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire 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

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