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Deep Dive: 20 EV stocks that are expected to soar at least 38%, even after this year’s rebound

This is the first of two Deep Dives screening EV-related stocks. This screen is based on analysts’ ratings and consensus price targets. The second will look at projected sales growth from 2023 through 2025.

This year has been a remarkable one for stocks tied to electric and autonomous vehicles, with stocks soaring following a dismal showing during 2022.

The holdings of three exchange-traded funds focused on EV production, related industries and the eventual adoption of autonomous vehicles provide the basis for a stock screen. First, to show how dramatic the space’s performance has been, take a look at a five-year chart for the three ETFs, the S&P 500 SPX and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP :


During 2022, the three EV-related ETFs fell between 34% and 39%, with dividends reinvested. At that point, we published this screen of the three ETFs’ holdings to show which ones analysts expected to rise the most in 2023. The three ETFs are now up between 12% and 24% for 2023. Among the analysts’ favorite EV-related stocks in December, Li Auto Inc. 2015, -5.52% has more than doubled this year, while XPeng Inc. 9868, -3.63% is up 80%, Nio Inc. NIO, -4.51% has risen 42% and Tesla Inc. TSLA, -1.76%, which didn’t make that list, has doubled.

Shares of Rivian Automotive Inc. RIVN, -7.14%, which also didn’t make the December list of analysts’ favorites, have risen 34% this year. On Thursday, the company raised its 2023 production guidance 4% to 52,000 vehicles. Rivian’s vehicle production increased 49% sequentially during the second quarter, while vehicle deliveries rose 59%.

So it’s time for a new screen of the EV-related space, starting with the holdings of the same three ETFs:

  • The Global X Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF DRIV has $842 million in assets under management and holds 75 stocks to track an index of companies around the world that are involved with various aspects of the development and manufacture of autonomous-driving systems or EVs. The companies’ primary stock listings need to be in a developed market, South Korea or Taiwan, according to the fund’s selection methodology. Geographically, the fund is 57% concentrated in U.S. stocks, with 11% in Japan, 4.5% in Canada and 4% in China. DRIV has a modified weighting by market capitalization, with each position capped at 3% each time the fund is reconstituted, which is done semiannually. The fund’s top holding at the moment is Alphabet Inc.’s Class A shares GOOGL, -0.83%, which make up 3.3% of the portfolio, followed by Nvidia Corp. NVDA, -3.51% at 3% and Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.70% at just below 3%.
  • The $458 million iShares Self-Driving EV & Tech ETF IDRV holds 53 stocks. It tracks an index that weights global stocks by their involvement in the autonomous- and electric-vehicle industries. But without DRIV’s restriction on where stocks are listed, it has heavier exposure to Chinese companies, which make up 16% of the portfolio. U.S. companies make up 37% and companies in South Korea make up 12%. The fund’s top holdings are XPeng, which makes up 7.7% of the portfolio, followed by Rivian at 6% and Li Auto at 5.3%. The portfolio is reconstituted annually and rebalanced twice a year, when individual holdings are capped at 4%.
  • The $185 million KraneShares Electric Vehicles & Future Mobility Index ETF KARS holds shares of 61 companies, making up an index of companies involved with EV development and manufacturing, while adding exposure to lithium and copper mining as well as fuel-cell technology. Its largest holding, at 4.9% of the portfolio, is Tesla, followed by Aptiv PLC APTV, -1.65%, which makes auto parts and whose shares are held by all three of these ETFs.

This screen of the three funds will focus on analysts’ opinions. A second screen, in a subsequent article, will look at expected growth rates for revenue through 2025.

Together, the three ETFs hold 144 stocks. In addition to Aptive, stocks held by all three ETFs include Tesla, Lucid Group Inc. LCID, -3.48% and LG Energy Solution Ltd. 373220, +5.33%.

We narrowed the list of 144 stocks to 124 that are each covered by at least five analysts polled by FactSet.

Here are the 20 stocks on the list with at least 75% buy or equivalent ratings that have the most upside potential over the next 12 months, based on consensus price targets:

Company Ticker Country Share buy ratings Aug. 8 price Consensus price target Implied 12-month upside potential Held by
Innoviz Technologies Ltd. INVZ, -5.50% Israel 83% 3.41 8.42 147% DRIV, IDRV
Piedmont Lithium Inc. PLL, -1.33% U.S. 100% 48.06 104.19 117% DRIV
ChargePoint Holdings Inc. Class A CHPT, -0.56% U.S. 75% 7.99 15.36 92% IDRV, KARS
Indie Semiconductor Inc. Class A INDI, -2.06% U.S. 100% 8.24 15.67 90% DRIV
Lithium Americas Corp. LAC, +0.52% Canada 100% 24.98 47.23 89% KARS
SolarEdge Technologies Inc. SEDG, +3.37% Israel 75% 178.45 311.81 75% KARS
L&F Co. 066970, +4.18% South Korea 86% 215,500.00 373,285.72 73% KARS
Chunbo Co. 278280, +5.73% South Korea 90% 162,400.00 278,000.00 71% IDRV
Guangzhou Great Power Energy & Technology Co. Class A 300438, -0.14% China 100% 43.57 71.45 64% KARS
Kia Corp. 000270, +0.77% South Korea 90% 78,300.00 121,033.34 55% DRIV
Samsung SDI Co. 006400, +3.26% South Korea 89% 614,000.00 920,769.25 50% IDRV, KARS
Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Class H 2238, -1.50% China 76% 4.68 6.91 48% KARS
Ganfeng Lithium Group Co. Class A 002460, -0.95% China 79% 57.70 84.44 46% KARS
Tianqi Lithium Corp. Class H 9696, -0.73% China 100% 47.85 70.01 46% KARS
Hyundai Motor Co. 005380, +0.53% -KR South Korea 90% 188,400.00 275,000.00 46% DRIV
Livent Corp. LTHM, +2.45% M-US U.S. 75% 22.82 32.51 42% DRIV, IDRV, KARS
LG Energy Solution Ltd. 373220, +5.33% South Korea 82% 525,000.00 738,142.90 41% DRIV, IDRV, KARS
Infineon Technologies AG I IFXA, -2.91% Germany 77% 33.52 46.92 40% DRIV, KARS
Yadea Group Holdings Ltd. 1585, +1.38% China 100% 17.40 24.27 40% KARS
Ganfeng Lithium Group Co. Ltd. Class H 1772, -0.53% China 80% 47.35 65.34 38% DRIV, IDRV
Source: FactSet

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