The Next Tesla? Ranking the 7 Top EV Stocks on TSLA’s Tail

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Tesla has been a clear leader in the space but has operated mainly without competition. However, in the past few years, we have seen multiple EV stocks emerge, which have the potential to perform better than the EV pioneer. In fact, John Murphy, a Bank of America analyst, had forecasted that Tesla’s EV market share could drop from a massive 70% in 2021 to just 11% within the next four years by 2025.

2022 has been a horrendous year for growth stocks. The Nasdaq is languishing in the bear-market territory, and most of the tech and growth names over the past several years have been hit incredibly hard. EV stocks seem to be no exception, as the entire sector has lagged, and investors have rotated out of growth names into value stocks.

Nevertheless, the EV market is expected to grow at an incredible 24.3% annually, from $287.4 billion last year to a whopping $1.3 trillion in 2028. Therefore, EV stocks remain great long-term bets, and investors must look past the short-term volatility.

Symbol Company Price
BYDDF BYD Company $24.50
LI Li Auto $16.75
F Ford Motor $13.26
LCID Lucid Group $13.64
CHPT ChargePoint $13.04
MULN Mullen Automotive $0.30
NIO Nio $9.94

BYD Company (BYDDF)

A close-up view of the power supply plugged into a vehicle from BYD Company (BYDDY).

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BYD Company (OTCMKTS:BYDDF) has been an anomaly in the Chinese EV space, highlighting its business model’s resiliency. Despite a depressed economy in China, it dished out a third quarter where its sales shot up by over 115%. Moreover, its quarterly net profit came in at an incredible $786 million, up 350% from the prior-year period. Its growth story is far from over, though, with it just getting started in its expansion in international markets, including South East Asia and Europe.

2022 has been an eventful year for the firm, delivering more green energy vehicles than Tesla. Moreover, its sales volume from its EV battery unit surpassed LG and is now second only to CATL. It expects to sell 1.78 million vehicles this year, with an over 120% bump in deliveries expected in 2024 to 4 million. Therefore, with an incredible outlook ahead, BYDDF stock is an excellent bet for the long haul.

Li Auto (LI)

Li Auto(Li Xiang) brand logo and electric car in store. A Chinese EV(electric vehicle) company

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Li Auto (NASDAQ:LI) and its peers have witnessed a dramatic slowdown in delivery growth this year. Consequently, LI stock price has plummeted to multi-year lows. Though its near-term outlook is a concern, its long-term case remains intact. It continues to release new models to broaden the depth of its portfolio. It is already producing multiple flagship models with an easy-to-manage production line. Therefore, it has immense potential for an upward revaluation in the coming months.

The market expects Li Auto to achieve its first profit in fiscal 2022, which implies that it’s expected to reach profitability a lot quicker than its rivals in Nio (NYSE:NIO). Nio, for instance, is only expected to post profits in fiscal 2024. The profitability estimate is a massive nod of approval for Li Auto as it rises up the ranks in the EV sphere.

Ford Motor (F)

Ford dealership sign against a blue sky.

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Ford Motor (NYSE:F) is often an overlooked EV stock. The Detroit automaker is a pioneer in the production of traditional combustion-engine trucks, and its transition to EVs has investors skeptical. However, its recent results suggest that electric versions of its popular trucks are gaining immense traction.

EV sales shot up almost 120% on a year-over-year basis to 6,261 units, with retail sales up 79.1%. The F-150 Lightning has been the best-selling electric truck since its release this year. Early signs for the F-150 Lightning sales are strong and have exhibited the potential to outsell its traditional model in the not-so-distant future.

Moreover, Ford plans to ramp its EV capacity from 600,000 by the end of 2023 to 2 million by 2026. Also, it will be securing deals for battery minerals with suppliers to ensure its targets are met effectively. Hence, Ford has some ambitious plans to dominate the EV space, making it one of the top prospects in the sector.

Lucid Group (LCID)

A Lucid Air pre production electric car is seen at a Lucid showroom in Millbrae, California.

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Lucid Group (NASDAQ:LCID) is a Chinese pure-play luxury EV maker that has quickly become one of the most popular brands in its niche. Its gorgeous Lucid Air has greater range and legroom than most of Tesla’s models. Former Tesla executives lead the firm, and the goal is to solidify its position in the luxury EV segment.

Due to supply-chain bottlenecks, it couldn’t expand its factory output. However, its recent third-quarter update has been more encouraging and suggests that its production ramp is going according to plan. Moreover, its reservations continue to increase each quarter, amounting to over $3.5 billion in potential sales. Also, with a cash balance of more than $4.5 billion and its partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it should have plenty of liquidity to push the afterburners with its production.

ChargePoint (CHPT)

EV stocks: A close-up shot of a ChargePoint charging station.

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ChargePoint (NYSE:CHPT) is a top EV charging infrastructure provider and the largest publicly listed business of its kind. It makes money from charger sales, robust cloud software, and subscription offerings. Moreover, it benefits from network effects that have helped it expand incredibly. After the second quarter, it deployed over 200,000 charging ports, giving it a colossal market share of 65%.

Furthermore, CHPT generated over $108.29 million in its second quarter, despite market headwinds. Its sales grew by 93% from the prior-year period resulting in a revenue beat of $5.26 million on consensus estimates. Moreover, it generated a gross profit of $18.2 million in the quarter, its highest number on record. Its management aims to become free cash flow positive by 2024, which should be a major catalyst for its stock.

Mullen Automotive (MULN)

An angled shot of the Mullen (MULN) Five on display with a screen behind it.

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Mullen Automotive (NASDAQ:MULN) is a unique EV play with amazing long-term potential to blow up in the future. It’s developing on the development of solid-state batteries and its line of EV cars, giving it a major edge over its competition.

The focus has been on its batteries division, though, where it reported positive test results earlier this year, exceeding its previously stated targets. It will be testing its batteries in its flagship electric SUV, the Mullen Five, enabling it to go over 600 miles on just one charge.

Furthermore, it seems like Mullen is going full-steam ahead with its plans, tripling its research and development expense in its most recent quarter. It recently acquired Electric Last Mile for $240 million, gaining multiple assets and an active production plant to speed up its manufacturing. Therefore, it is one of the EV stocks with moon-shot potential.

Nio (NIO)

NIO logo, sign atop of North American headquarters and global software development center in Silicon Valley. NIO is Chinese electric autonomous vehicles manufacturer

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Nio is a leading Chinese EV giant that has experienced an incredible stock price run over the past couple of years. However, with multiple headwinds in play, its stock has shed over 70% of its value year-to-date. Hence, its stock is trading at record-low prices.

Lockdowns in China and the deplorable economic situation across the globe have significantly impacted Nio’s business of late. However, cumulative deliveries have reached 259,563 as of October, with a 174.3% growth in deliveries last month from the prior-year period. The firm continues to produce tens of thousands of vehicles and has a sizeable lead over its competition. Moreover, it is expanding overseas into European markets such as Norway to reduce its sales concentration in China. Thus, it is one of the EV stocks to buy on this list.

On the date of publication, Muslim Farooque did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Muslim Farooque is a keen investor and an optimist at heart. A life-long gamer and tech enthusiast, he has a particular affinity for analyzing technology stocks. Muslim holds a bachelor’s of science degree in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University.

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