By Jozef Dvorak
In 1894, chemist Pedro Salom probably never imagined he’d start what could soon become a $912 billion industry.
His creation the Electrobat was unlike anything others had seen at that time…
Or would again see for nearly another century.
But where the Electrobat, the world’s first electric vehicle, could only run for 25 miles on one charge, at just 20 MPH…
The EVs of 2021 are expected to have a range of over 500 miles.
And that’s why EVs are finally reaching a tipping point which has led to massive gains over the last year.
Tesla, the premiere name in EVs, soared for 740% gains in 2020…
Nio, their Chinese counterpart, took off for 1,110% gains…
But there’s one other EV related company that’s taken off for shocking 860% gains over the last year…
And it’s one you’ve likely never heard mentioned on MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, or Fox Business.
Including government agencies, A-list celebrities, and global tech titans.
And they’ve taken full advantage of the EV boom in ways to grow their business through creative moves and acquisitions over the last year.
After an impressive showing in 2020, they’re off to a quick start in 2021. And if last year is any indication, this may be the year Facedrive becomes a household name.
Here are 3 reasons to watch out for Facedrive in 2021.
1 – The EV Tipping Point
The rise of electric vehicles and Tesla’s incredible run have been no secret to anyone paying attention to the market.
All the biggest companies have been piling in to get a piece of the action, from startups to legacy automakers.
GM announced they’re growing an entire EV ecosystem within their business, which they’ve named BrightDrop.
And they’ve already signed FedEx on as their first customer.
Apple is making the push into electric vehicles, with rumors swirling about their plans to partner up with auto companies like Hyundai and Kia.
But the EV markets have gotten the ultimate push with Biden taking office in January after he’s declared plans to make green energy and electric vehicles a major part of his platform.
Already, just weeks into his presidency, he’s reported that he’s planning to invest billions into electric vehicles…
Even replacing up to 645,000 government fleet vehicles with EVs in the days ahead.
He’s also planning to make a massive investment in infrastructure, including building out 550,000 electric vehicle charging stations around the country.
With all the momentum already building in the industry, this is set to be the final push it needed to reach the tipping point and make electric vehicles mainstream.
But Facedrive’s leadership saw this trend coming years ago and put themselves in position to capitalize on it.
And just like the Electrobat was used as the first electric taxi service over 120 years ago…
Their model is simple but effective.
When customers need a ride, they have the choice of hailing a standard gas-powered vehicle or an electric vehicle.
Once they’re finished with their trip, Facedrive’s algorithm takes a portion of the fare and dedicates that to planting new trees, offsetting the carbon footprint.
To put it simply: you ride, they plant a tree.
It’s an effective shift to the model Uber developed decades ago, and it’s creating interest throughout the market both in Canada and the United States.
But they aren’t just moving into the estimated $5.7 trillion transportation service industry. That’s just the beginning…
2 – Capitalizing On 2 Of The Biggest Trends On The Markets
Many companies struggled throughout 2020 as businesses were shuttered for months during government lockdowns.
But two industries have taken off since the pandemic began: EVs and the tech/biotech solutions focused on tackling COVID-19.
Facedrive’s innovative spirit has been on full display over the last year, finding creative ways to participate with the EV markets…
But it’s also stepped into the business of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
On the electric vehicle front, they’ve gone beyond just ridesharing with their Facedrive Foods vertical.
Now, customers can get food delivered straight to their door from many of their favorite restaurants.
And that popular app is taking off in various major cities throughout North America, spreading like wildfire.
Facedrive is also set to help consumers shake up the standard car ownership model, opening the door for customers to start using EVs right away.
To do this, they recently acquired electric vehicle subscription company, Steer, from the largest clean energy producer in the United States.
With Steer’s subscription model, customers no longer have to put tens of thousands of dollars down to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.
And it gives you access to your own virtual showroom, letting you take your pick between top EV models.
This is helping Facedrive grow their green energy ecosystem by opening the door to customers who don’t just need a ride for the night, but need a set of EV wheels for the month.
But one of their biggest successes of the last year came with the introduction of their Facedrive Health vertical.
They teamed up to create TraceSCAN, a wearable technology designed to alert users when they’ve been in contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19.
This bold new approach that can be a game-changer for anyone without a cell phone, including children, seniors, or low-income individuals…
But the corporate and government applications have led to the biggest growth in recent months.
With these new acquisitions and agreements with billion-dollar companies, it’s creating a snowball effect for Facedrive to grow its business.
3 – Growth Across All Verticals
With the launching of their food delivery, health, and social verticals, they’ve found a winning strategy to grow the business even during the hardest times.
And it’s growing faster than ever as they’re expanding each of these verticals at an high pace.
Their EV subscription service, Steer, is now operating in Washington DC, and they’re planning to roll out the service in Toronto shortly.
That means they’ll be operating their revolutionary new car non-ownership model in 2 of the largest cities in North America.
Facedrive Foods is gaining steam too after a couple acquisitions in this area. They’re now delivering over 4,100 food orders per day on average.
And after growing their food delivery services to 19 major cities in Canada including Toronto, Winnipeg, and Ottawa, they plan to expand to more cities throughout the U.S. and Canada soon.
And TraceSCAN is seeing unprecedented levels of interest for Facedrive Health, as they’re expanding their agreement with Air Canada after showing success last year.
Plus, Facedrive just announced they plan to join an international platform to help grow the reach of TraceSCAN.
With other members including the Australian government and multi-billion dollar tech giant, VMWare, this puts them in good company.
It will also help them grow internationally, as they use the platform to make TraceSCAN’s technology compatible with contact tracing systems worldwide.
With Facedrive tackling two of the biggest trends on the global markets right now, 2021 could see this innovative young company make a name for themselves across North American and beyond.
Here are a few other companies making waves in the EV markets:
General Motors (NYSE:GM) is one of the legacy automakers benefiting from a shift from gas-powered to EV technology. With the news of GM’s new business unit, BrightDrop, they plan to sell electric vans and services to commercial delivery companies, disrupting the market for delivery logistics.
That’s not all its working on, either. In October, auto industry legend, GM announced that it’s majority-owned subsidiary, Cruise, has just received approval from the California DMV to test its autonomous vehicles without a driver. And while they’re not the first to receive such an approval, it’s still huge news for GM.
Cruise CEO Dan Ammann wrote in a Medium post, “Before the end of the year, we’ll be sending cars out onto the streets of SF — without gasoline and without anyone at the wheel. Because safely removing the driver is the true benchmark of a self-driving car, and because burning fossil fuels is no way to build the future of transportation.”
Ford (NYSE:F) is another Detroit automaker making the jump to EVs – and seeing shares jump in the process. They recently announced they’ll be boosting their spending on EVs to $27 billion through mid-decade. That big investment includes plans of their own to develop an electric cargo van and a plug-in version of their bestseller F-150 pickup truck.
Ford isn’t going to be left out of the autonomous vehicle boom, either. The company, for its part, has recently revealed plans to launch its self-driving business in 2022. The new vehicles, in partnership with Argo AI, a Philadelphia-based autonomous vehicle startup, will include major upgrades from advanced Lidar technology and high resolution cameras. Ford plans to test these vehicles in Austin, Texas; Detroit; Miami; Palo Alto, California; Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. as early as this month.
John Davis, chief engineer of Ford’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary explained, “We’re confident that we’re on the path to launching a safe, reliable and affordable service. And, we look forward to telling you more about how this service will ultimately help make people’s lives better.”
Toyota Motors (NYSE:TM) is a massive international car producer who hasn’t ignored the transition to greener transportation. In fact, the Toyota Prius was one of the first hybrids to hit the road in a big way. While the legacy hybrid vehicle has been the butt of many jokes throughout the years, the car has been a major success, and more importantly, it helped spur the adoption of greener vehicles for years to come.
And just because its Prius hasn’t exactly aged as well as some green competitors, Toyota hasn’t left the green power race yet. Just a few days ago, actually, the giant automaker announced that three new electric vehicles will be coming to United States markets soon.
“We continue to be leaders in electrification that began with our pioneering introduction of the Prius nearly 25 years ago,” said Bob Carter, TMNA executive vice president of sales. “Toyota’s new electrified product offerings will give customers multiple choices of powertrain that best suits their needs.”
Toyota has a major hold over U.S. markets at the moment. In fact, it maintains a 75% share of total fuel cell vehicles and a 64% share in hybrid and plug-in vehicles. And now it’s looking to capture a greater share of electric vehicles, as well.
Compared to Tesla or the legacy automakers listed above, Fisker (NYSE:FSR) is a relative newcomer to the booming electric vehicle scene, having only IPO’d in October. While it hasn’t seen quite the attention other electric vehicle stocks have seen in recent weeks, it is an important company to watch. It’s unique in the industry because it boasts the most sustainable vehicle on the road: It’s not just electric… it’s also is made with some recycled materials. That’s a huge plus considering how much investors are focusing on sustainability these days.
Though Fisker has underperformed on the market compared to NIO, Tesla, Xpeng or Li, it’s still trading on massive volume and in February alone, the company nearly doubled its share price thanks to its dealmaking abilities.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Fisker is going places. The four-year old California based EV provider is already turning heads thanks to its innovative battery tech, and it’s already securing some major deals. In fact, just last month, Fisker signed a deal with Viggo, a European ride-hailing service to add hundreds of vehicles to its fleet.
Blink Charging (NASDAQ:BLNK) was one of the darlings of the EV boom throughout 2020 because of its expansion in EV charging technology.
With their chargers deployed at airports, car dealers, hospitals, restaurants, retailers, and schools across the nation, Blink recently saw shares jump 76% in just one month. A wave of new deals, including a collaboration with EnerSys and another with Envoy Technologies to deploy electric vehicles and charging stations adds further support to its success.
Michael D. Farkas, Founder, CEO and Executive Chairman of Blink noted, “This is an exciting collaboration with EnerSys because it combines the industry-leading technologies of our two companies to provide user-friendly, high powered, next-generation charging alternatives. We are continuously innovating our product offerings to provide more efficient and convenient charging options to the growing community of EV drivers.”
In addition to the company’s string of high-profile deals, Blink is also consistently posting promising revenues. In fact, earlier this month, the company noted that third-quarter revenue had increased by as much as 18% from the year before despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada is not likely to be left out of this boom, either. GreenPower Motor (TSX:GPV) is an exciting company that produces larger-scale electric transportation. Right now, it is primarily focused on the North American market, but the sky is the limit as the pressure to go green grows. GreenPower has been on the frontlines of the electric movement, manufacturing affordable battery-electric busses and trucks for over ten years. From school busses to long-distance public transit, GreenPower’s impact on the sector can’t be ignored.
NFI Group (TSX:NFI) is another one of Canada’s most exciting companies in the electric vehicle space. It produces transit busses and motorcycles. NFI had a difficult start to the year, but it since cut its debt and begun to address its cash flow struggles in a meaningful way. Though it remains down from January highs, NFI still offers investors a promising opportunity to capitalize on the electric vehicle boom.
Recently, NFI has seen an uptick in insider stock purchases which is often a sign that the board and management strongly believe in the future of the company. In addition to its increasingly positive financial reports, it is also one of the few in the business that actually pay dividends out to its investors.
Investors looking to take a slightly different approach to the EV boom is through auto-dealers. AutoCanada (TSX:ACQ), a company that operates auto-dealerships through Canada. The company carries a wide variety of new and used vehicles and has all types of financial options available to fit the needs of any consumer. While sales have slumped this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AutoCanada will likely see a rebound as both buying power and the demand for electric vehicles increases. As newer exciting EVs hit the market, AutoCanada will surely be able to ride the wave.
And investors shouldn’t ignore resource companies, either. Lithium Americas Corp. (TSX:LAC) is one of North America’s most important and successful pure-play lithium companies. In a way, Lithium Americas is literally fueling the green energy boom. With two world-class lithium projects in Argentina and Nevada, Lithium Americas is well-positioned to ride the wave of growing lithium demand in the years to come. It’s already raised nearly a billion dollars in equity and debt, showing that investors have a ton of interest in the company’s ambitious plans, and it will likely continue its promising growth and expansion for years to come.
Magna International (TSX:MG) is a another unique way to gain exposure to the EV – and by extension ESG – market without betting big on one of the new hot automaker stocks tearing up Robinhood right now. The 63-year-old Canadian manufacturing giant provides mobility technology for automakers of all types. From GM and Ford to luxury brands like BMW and Tesla, Magna is a master at striking deals. And it’s clear to see why. The company has the experience and reputation that automakers are looking for.
By. Jozef Dvorak
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This publication contains forward-looking information which is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements in this publication include that the demand for ride sharing services will grow; that Steer can help change car ownership in favor of subscription services; that Facedrive will achieve its plans for manufacturing and selling Tracescan devices; that new tech deals will be signed by Facedrive and deals signed already will increase company revenues; that Facedrive will be able to expand to the US and globally; that Facedrive will be able to fund its capital requirements in the near term and long term; and that Facedrive will be able to carry out its business plans. These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Risks that could change or prevent these statements from coming to fruition include that riders are not as attracted to EV rides as expected; that competitors may offer better or cheaper alternatives to the Facedrive businesses; changing governmental laws and policies; the company’s ability to obtain and retain necessary licensing in each geographical area in which it operates; the success of the company’s expansion activities and whether markets justify additional expansion; the ability of the company to attract drivers who have electric vehicles and hybrid cars; and that the products co-branded by Facedrive may not be as merchantable as expected. The forward-looking information contained herein is given as of the date hereof and we assume no responsibility to update or revise such information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.
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