BizBeat Ep. 05: Why did NEV makers become momentum stocks in 2020?
Updated 15:35, 16-Jan-2021
By Zheng Junfeng

In 2020, four out of 10 cars sold in China's big cities were new energy vehicles (NEVs). The past year was extraordinary for new energy cars, against heavy odds.

Tesla's stock price jumped eight times to become the world's most valuable auto company and made founder Elon Mask a zillionaire.

Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles in 2020, just 450 vehicles shy of the half-million mark. China's Nio has stock price skyrocketed from a little more than $1 to $50.

Even Wall Street shorters couldn't stop that Nio plus Li Auto and Xpeng together are now more valuable than the combined market value of GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.


First, carbon reduction is a global trend. Second, the Paris Climate Accord compels countries to cut emissions according to the quotas they pledged.

Third, combustion engine brands are no longer relevant to buyers attracted to electric cars. The rules of the game have totally changed.

China remained the world's top new energy car market in 2020, thanks to strong pandemic controls and domestic demand stimulus. About 1.3 million NEVs were forecast to have been sold last year, up 8 percent annually.

In Europe, Germany extended subsidies to new energy cars until 2025. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged 3.5 billion euros to build public charging stations. And Volkswagen aims to become the world's top electric car maker.

However, we don't know if Volkswagen can achieve that goal.

Japan is all for electric vehicles, too. Japan announced in December that by 2035, 15 years from now, it would ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in the country. Japanese cars are already very efficient in combustion engines. Their decision to go electric marks a revolutionary change.

So 2021 starts to unfold, are you ready to buy a new energy car yet? 

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