Auto Stocks: Will Electric Cars Ever Gain Traction?

Auto Stocks: Will Electric Cars Ever Gain Traction?

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Continual reports of electric cars failing tests or breaking down shortly after being sold brings to question the readiness of the electric car revolution. Pair that with the high price tags to cover the cost of manufacturing, and the conclusion seems to lead more toward a negative response. (STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Follow Kapitall on Twitter)

Edmunds.com’s John O’Dell says, “It's going to be a slow slog. Maybe there's too much expectation of more and quicker success than might realistically be expected of a brand new technology."

According to Reuters, the Obama administration has been pushing to get 1 million battery-powered vehicles on the road by 2015. Research firm Lux Research estimates that the number will likely be lower than 200 thousand. These estimates and mishaps are not discouraging automakers, however, and many plan to launch electric vehicles, or EVs, to compete with the Nissan Leaf and Fisker Karma.

Klayman reports also that Henry Ford bought his wife at least two EVs in the early 1900s. The technology has existed for over a century, but analysts say that automakers have not succeeded in lowering production costs nor explaining and marketing the technology correctly. Even with rising gas prices, EVs are still having a difficult time taking off.

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Below is a list of automakers that produce or are designing and testing electric vehicles/hybrids. Do you think they can reduce the cost and market them well enough to get traction?

 

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“1. Toyota Motor Corp. (TM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles. Market cap at $144.75B.

 

 

“2. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. Market cap at $69.60B.

 

 

“3. Ford Motor Co. (F, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles and parts worldwide. Market cap at $47.78B.

 

 

“4. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NSANY, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture and sale of automotive products, industrial machinery, and marine equipment primarily in Japan, North America, and Europe. Market cap at $42.92B.

 

 

“5. General Motors Company (GM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a global automaker. Market cap at $39.60B.

 

 

“6. Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components. Market cap at $3.68B.

 

 

(Written by Danny Guttridge)

 

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31 Responses to “Auto Stocks: Will Electric Cars Ever Gain Traction?”

  1. Joe says:

    RE: "Continual reports of electric cars failing tests or breaking down shortly after being sold brings to question the readiness of the electric car revolution"

    Give me a break. One car had this problem. That was the Fisker Karma. But Tesla's had no such problems, Nissan's had no such problems. GM's had no such problems. Mitsubishi's had no such problems. You're not helping us curb our appetite for foreign oil when you write this kind of misinformation.

  2. Kevin says:

    "Continual reports of electric cars failing tests or breaking down shortly after being sold brings to question the readiness of the electric car revolution"

    I think you are referring to the Fisker Karma or the Chevy Volt. Neither of these vehicles are an electric car. These cars are hybrids.

  3. Mark says:

    Ridiculous article. The negative EV writers have the worst information. See Kevin and Joe's comments….need anyone say more?

  4. StveEV says:

    Is continual the new two?

  5. What a design it is man!!! I can't believe that it is electric car i am so much happy to know about electric car. After reading out your blog i have come to know about Will Electric Cars Ever Gain Traction. I will come to you to know more about this. Thanks!!!

  6. Richard59 says:

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  7. Rekel says:

    Electrical motor is the new invention of the technology for this time. It is invented to make the society pollution free. Also electric cars having all the compatible parts like the fuel cars. From my own experience the car is really very luxurious in look also very comfortable to drive .Also it prevents us from the air pollution and the unusable problem like fuel finished so car will stop. So we should purchase car running through electricity.

  8. Sadak says:

    To have a car is easy but to maintain of the car is really very tough. From my own experience to buy a new car while having a old one is a tough task. In that both the car maintenance will became a headache .But when the older car not in a situation to continue anymore and if there is any life risk in those cases we should buy a new one because life is more important than car. So in those cases we can have a new car. Life risking cars are not that much bad also .Because if any accident occurs we can have our insurance which makes our life secure. If unfortunately any accident occurs then we can get money from insurance company.
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  9. Keren says:

    Wow! What a look. I impress towards this model of Electric car. Keeping growth or new changes by hand with the present era is a good phenomenon towards prosperous. No one should not maintain steady by archiving this. This achievement is not the least one but it is the benchmark of the better one.
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  10. Gers says:

    Really it is a well managed blog and give a brief idea how to sell or purchase of a used car. It is right that when we are going to sell a car we should remember minimum two or three weighted point to motivate the front one.Fusion, Merge, Combination; these wards are very closely related to growth and basically related to automobile sector. It is good news that Ford, Toyota merged again. I think it will affect the financial condition and economy growth of our country as these automobiles sectors are international. Have a good luck.

  11. Paul Daren says:

    Electric cars are in a great demand now-a-days as they are quite cheap in comparison to the others. But there are few problems that it always needs to be charged up every time. Generally electric car pollutes less, but not totally pollution free.

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  12. Deniel says:

    Mazda car is one of the wondering cars in the automobile sector. Automobile sector development depends upon various brands of this time. All those brands are very famous but TOYOTA brand is the most famous one among them. This brand provides all the facilities that are comfortable to the people also they are focusing more on teh demand of the customers. Now a day the customers demand are more and more due to the technology. This blog provides details information about the new cars.
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  13. Yes, electric cars can. Actually to protect the environment from being polluted the concept of electric car came into the mind of branded car makers. So. from my point of view it is really going to bring some good changes in the car industry and I must say we have to follow this car and free the environment from being polluted. .

  14. Barlow says:

    It is a good article or tips for all car owners, all above the tips have weight value. These are helpful to safe the vehicle for an owner; don't underestimate it. All drives the cars but not give attention towards its safety, maintenance, services etc. Now car theft is become common, every day we come through vehicle theft news. After follow this blog, I think this type of theft should be less than the previous.
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  15. Barlow says:

    It is a good article or tips for all car owners, all above the tips have weight value. These are helpful to safe the vehicle for an owner; don't underestimate it. All drives the cars but not give attention towards its safety, maintenance, services etc. Now car theft is become common, every day we come through vehicle theft news. After follow this blog, I think this type of theft should be less than the previous.
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  16. Adam Root says:

    To save the environment from pollution , the electric cars are the concept invented by the branded car makers to make the environment pollution free. So, as we all know the electric cars are very much stylish and luxurious so to maintain these cars we have to wash it in proper interval to maintain its look, we have to service it after particular kilometers of run and also we have to repair our cars from good repair centers whenever required to get better performance from it and for our cars smoother running. .
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  17. Kenneth Scott says:

    Electric vehicles are fuel efficient and comfortable so people are more interested in having these vehicles. This is also environment friendly. Therefore the companies like Audi, BMW, Ford, and many other are interested in making electric vehicles. Electric vehicles are better for environment because it is pollution free.
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  18. yes i believe it will, but not this year, or next year or in 2015 i believe it will happen sometime in the next 5 years, by that time we would have electric vehicles that can compete in terms of service to traditional fueled ones

  19. John Mclaren says:

    Yes, Of course electric cars will gain attention. As we all know pollution rate is increasing day by day due to use of excess amount of vehicles. So, we have to control this pollution to stay safely in future. Actually, to control the pollution caused by vehicles we can go for electric cars. Actually electric car concept was discovered by the branded car makers to minimize the level of p0llution in the environment. Actually sometimes because of vehicle problem more carbon dioxide gas releases from the vehicle so, for these cases we have to repair our car from good BMW service and repair in Van Nuys center whenever required to get better performance from it. .

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    Electric cars are great demand now-a-days as they are quite cheap in comparison to the others. But there are few problems that it always needs to be charged up every time. Generally electric car pollutes less, but not totally pollution free.

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