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    EV Race? Or team effort?

    Obviously all of the EV companies are in competition with each other, but when it comes down to it, the people of Earth do not need it to be a race. We need it to become a team effort by multiple different vehicle manufacturers.  Bloomberg estimated that by 2040, EV sales globally will reach 66 million PER YEAR. $Tesla(TSLA.US)$ ‘s 1.9 million cars delivered last year equates to only 2.6% of that projection. We are still in the infant stages for global EV production. Let’...
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    Tencent and Mercedes-Benz Cooperate on Autonomous Driving

    Under the agreement, cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence technologies will be used to speed up the simulation, testing and application of Mercedes-Benz’s autonomous driving technology.
    This cooperation will strengthen R&D resources and support Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia to jointly develop self-driving car technology in China. To this end, a joint laboratory for autonomous driving will be established to speed up the resear...
    Tencent and Mercedes-Benz Cooperate on Autonomous Driving
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    Daimler Truck Gains in Debut After Historic Split From Mercedes

    $MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG(DDAIF.US)$$DAIMLER AG ADR(DMLRY.US)$
    Daimler AG's trucks division gained in its first trading day as the storied German manufacturer completed a historic spinoff to better face sweeping changes in the auto industry.
    Daimler Truck Holding AG rose as much as 7% after opening at 28 euros, valuing the company at around 24 billion euros ($27 billion). While that’s below Bloomberg Intelligence’s range of as much as 31 billion euros, the company is still in contention to join Germany’s benchmark DAX index, being worth more than current members Deutsche Bank AG and utility RWE AG.
    The truckmaker and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz cars unit expect their split to enable the two to move more quickly toward an electrified and autonomous future. Their breakup ends more than a century of the businesses running under one roof, with Daimler retaining only a minority stake in its former commercial-vehicle division.
    Investors expect that one of Germany’s largest spinoffs in recent years will lead to more transparency and accelerate Daimler Truck’s restructuring in Europe, where high costs are squeezing returns.
    Daimler Truck Gains in Debut After Historic Split From Mercedes
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    ColumnWhy Tesla’s $1 Trillion Valuation Is Ridiculous

    $Tesla(TSLA.US)$
    Tesla Remains “Just” a Car Company, Despite Bulls’ Arguments Otherwise. One of the most common arguments bulls make to justify Tesla’s valuation is that the company is more than just a car company. Instead, the argument goes: Tesla is a software, tech, insurance, energy, transportation, “insert any other blank” company. However, the financials bear out a different picture and show the other businesses are more hype than substance. At this point, Tesla is the only car company and generates the entirety of its profits from vehicles.
    Per the following figure, Tesla generated 88% of revenue from Automotive Sales in 3Q21, which is up from 87% in 3Q20, and above the quarterly average of 86% since 3Q19. For reference, automotive sales made up 87% and 93% of General Motors’ and Ford’s 3Q21 revenue respectively.
    Tesla’s two other segments, Energy generation and storage and Services and other, which make up 12% of revenue in 3Q21, are unprofitable. Over the TTM, Tesla generated $10.8 billion in gross profit. $11.2 billion came from its Automotive segment while Energy generation and storage and Services and other racked up gross losses of $113 million and $263 million. Despite many claims and promises to the contrary over the years, Tesla doesn’t generate gross profit doing anything but selling cars.
    Insurance Business Is Not Material. Tesla bulls will also point to Tesla’s insurance business as another way to drive profit growth. We’ve previously covered how Tesla insurance does not have the competitive advantages that bulls ascribe to it and has a long way to go before it can get meaningfully off the ground.
    Even if Tesla’s insurance business gets off the ground, we would not expect it to make much money. For example, from 2004-2006, General Motors generated about $70 per car sold in GAAP net income from its insurance business. If we assume Tesla can generate the same level of business, Tesla insurance would result in just $57 million in GAAP net income based on TTM vehicles sold.
    Bulls will counter that Tesla will be so much better at insurance than GM and that GM is not a good comp. There is no way to know for sure. Nevertheless, we concede that anything is possible, but the likelihood of Tesla’s insurance business being material profit producer is extremely low.
    Regardless of how successful Tesla insurance is, the potential profits from it are nowhere near enough to help to justify the expectations baked into Tesla’s stock price.
    Production Capacity Growth Will Require Billions of $. Current and expected production capacities of all known Tesla factories equals ~2.7 million vehicles, or 12.9 million short of the 2030 production implied by its stock price. See Figure 6.
    In other words, despite the new factories coming online, Tesla must spend billions and build many new manufacturing plants before it can approach the capacity needed to sell the number of cars implied by its valuation.
    Given the many issues in ramping production in the past, investors should not assume Tesla can increase its production by 5x without any problems.
    Incumbents Must Fail for Tesla to Meet Growth Expectations. For many years now, incumbent automakers have spent billions of dollars building out their EV offerings. Automakers other than Tesla already account for 85% of global EV sales through the first half of 2021.
    The global EV market is simply not big enough for Tesla to achieve the sales expectations in its valuation unless nearly all of the incumbents reverse course and completely fail to sell EVs.
    Here are the projections from the large incumbent automakers that have provided specific goals for future EV production.
    $VOLKSWAGEN AG(VLKAF.US)$ projects that 50% of its global sales will be fully electric by 2030
    $Stellantis NV(STLA.US)$ projects 70% and 40% of its European and North American sales, respectively, will be fully electric by 2030
    $Ford Motor(F.US)$ projects that 40% of its sales will be fully electric by 2030.
    $Toyota Motor(TM.US)$ projects that it will sell 2 million EVs by 2030
    $Honda Motor(HMC.US)$ plans to sell only EVs in China by 2030
    $BAYER MOTOREN WERK(BMWYY.US)$ expects at least half its sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030
    $MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG(DDAIF.US)$ manufacturer of Mercedes Benz, expects half its sales to be “EV and hybrid by 2025”
    $General Motors(GM.US)$ is targeting EV sales of “more than 1 million” by 2025
    $VOLVO(AB)(VOLVF.US)$ plans to sell only fully electric vehicles by 2030
    $NISSAN MOTOR CO(NSANF.US)$ (in U.S.): 500,000, 2% market share
    Total = 19+ million vehicles and 75% market share
    These estimates do not include other incumbents and new entrants (e.g. Jaguar Land Rover, $NIO Inc(NIO.US)$ , $Rivian Automotive(RIVN.US)$ , $Lucid Group(LCID.US)$ and more) or other Chinese EV makers because we could not find specific projections for EV production. Nevertheless, we are confident that their combined market share will be more than zero.
    The point is that the rest of the world is not planning to stand by, give up existing market share, and let Tesla own majority of the EV market. Many very experienced and successful automakers are spending many multiples of what Tesla is spending to compete in the EV market.
    The bottom line is that it is hard to make a straight-faced argument that Tesla can achieve the sales implied by its valuation in a competitive market.
    Incumbents Can Afford to Spend More than Tesla. Incumbents already have infrastructure to produce and sell vehicles at scale, and they are spending billions of dollars to compete in the EV market. Ford, Volkswagen, General Motors, and Stellantis alone are planning to spend at least $280 billion through 2025 and produce over 12 million EVs by 2030.
    Given the huge investments from multiple competitors, we expect the EV market will be extremely competitive, as manufacturers fight for profits and market share. The “winner take all” outcome implied by Tesla’s valuation is extremely unlikely. Perhaps, Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi said it best, “the automotive industry is an increasingly global and hypercompetitive industry and we believe that surplus profits and technology innovation will likely be competed away over time, as has been the case historically." In such a market, Tesla cannot achieve the market share implied by its valuation.
    Unlike Tesla, the incumbents generate plenty of free cash flow (FCF) to fund their EV investments and don’t have to dilute existing shareholders to expand EV capacity as Tesla does. For instance, over the last five years, General Motors, Stellantis, and Ford generated a cumulative $12.4 billion, $7.1, and $6.1 billion in free cash flow while Tesla burned -$19.5 billion.
    FSD Continues to Overpromise & Underdeliver. Full-self driving (FSD) has been consistently plagued by issues that, unfortunately, have deadly consequences. Industry research provider Guidehouse Insights ranks Tesla last in its 2021 ranking of Automated Driver Systems (ADS), and states flatly, “Tesla needs a thorough rethink of its approach to developing ADS. It has overpromised with its marketing for nearly 5 years and severely underdelivered.”
    Per the following figure, Tesla lags the competition by quite a large margin, as it’s the only company that falls into the "Followers" category.
    The most recent problems with Tesla’s FSD version 10.3 forced the company to roll back the update as users reported false crash warnings and other problems with autosteer and cruise control. These issues resulted in Tesla recalling nearly 12,000 vehicles because “a communication error may cause a false forward-collision warning or unexpected activation of the emergency brakes,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
    While the roll out of an updated 10.3.1 has restarted, Tesla’s haphazard approach to deploying FSD remains unsettling and led Guidehouse Insights to note, “Tesla’s approach to testing its system is fundamentally at odds with virtually every other company in this industry.”
    Alphabet’s Waymo routinely ranks as the best automated driving system. Importantly, many of the firms ranked ahead of Tesla are focused solely on building automated driving systems and are not distracted by scaling up automobile production, delivery logistics, and the general day-to-day operations of producing cars. Even so, other direct competitors such as GM Super Cruise also get better scores from third-party organizations.
    Increased Regulatory Risk. While Tesla has mysteriously avoided regulatory crackdown on its sales of FSD and practice of beta testing software on live drivers and roads, renewed requests from the NHTSA/National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) signal that Tesla might be held accountable for practices that many find highly misleading and dangerous to citizens.
    Missy Cummings, recently appointed as senior advisor for safety at the NHTSA, has expressed concerns about Tesla’s FSD in the past, tweeting as far back as 2019 that Tesla’s “autopilot easily cause mode confusion, is unreliable and unsafe” and that “NHTSA should require Tesla turn it off.”
    More recently, Tesla requested “confidential business information treatment” on its responses to a litany of information requests the NHTSA made as part of its investigation into FSD. If approved, the public would likely never see Tesla’s responses to key questions pertaining to Tesla not issuing a recall for Autopilot after multiple accidents involving parked emergency vehicles, the selection criteria for Tesla’s FSD beta testing program, and the non-disclosure agreements Tesla was making drivers sign before they could use the beta system.
    The NHTSA is not alone in criticizing Tesla and its FSD rollout. On October 26, 2021, the head of the U.S. NTSB, Jennifer Homendy, said that Tesla has not yet officially responded to the NTSB regarding its safety recommendations while calling the use of full self-driving ”misleading.” She stated, “my biggest concern is that Tesla is rolling out full self-driving technology in beta on city streets with untrained drivers and they have not addressed our recommendations that we’ve issued as a result of numerous investigations of Tesla crashes.”
    Battery Technologies Are Nothing Special. Tesla announced it will be switching to a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery in all standard range cars. These batteries are already being used in vehicles built in the Shanghai factory, and this switch is expected to bring down costs. The timing of this change comes as other battery producers, in partnership with incumbent auto manufacturers, are ramping up production, which should drive down battery costs for all EV makers. In other words, the competitive advantages of a cheaper battery may be short-lived, as incumbents build economies of scale in their own supply chain in the coming years.
    Additionally, while the much heralded 4680 cylindrical battery, produced by Panasonic for Tesla, and nearly ready for production, should bring a higher energy density in a more efficient package, competitors’ offerings all aim to provide the same.
    General Motor’s Ultium platform will enable up to 400-450 miles of range, and the firm is building a new battery research facility aimed at building batteries capable of 600 miles on a single charge. General Motors recently announced a joint venture with LG Chem to build a second U.S. battery cell plant, which is expected to have an annual capacity of 35 gigawatt hours, or slightly above the 30 gigawatt hour capacity of its first Lordstown battery plant. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas noted that the “formation of Ultium/Ultium Cells LLC will prove to be a critical point of strategic differentiation that will ultimately drive value creation for [GM] shareholders.”
    Ford’s Mustang Mach-E became the first electric SUV not made by Tesla to reach an EPA-rated range of up to 300 miles, and the company recently entered a partnership with SK Innovation to build three U.S.-based battery plants to power 1 million EVs annually.
    On its own, LG Chem plans to expand its existing U.S. facilities and build two more plants that will produce both pouch cells used by General Motors, Ford, Jaguar, Audi, Porsche, and more, as well as the cylindrical cells used by Tesla.
    Ultimately, the race for the “perfect” battery is less important than the race to procure battery supplies to build the number of EVs each manufacturer aims to produce in the coming years. The incumbents have proven they can maintain and win a race to procure supplies, and they’ve only been doing it for multiple decades now.
    Not All Supply Issues Can Be Coded Away. To its credit, Tesla managed the global chip shortage relatively well by re-writing software to allow the use of alternative chips. However, not all supply issues can be solved via software, as evidenced by the growing wait times for Tesla’s vehicles. As Electrek notes, Tesla recently updated its delivery timelines for new orders, and depending upon specs, some vehicles won’t be delivered until September 2022 if ordered today. New orders for the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which is Tesla’s cheapest vehicle, are currently on pace to be delivered in May 2022, or seven months from now.
    While certainly not unique to Tesla, extended delivery/wait times give consumers ample time to comparison shop and possibly switch orders to a competitor’s EV that would be available sooner.
    Delivery delays aren’t exclusive to in-production vehicles, but Tesla’s future vehicles as well. The much-hyped Cybertruck has recently been delayed again, this time until at least 2023 (compared to an original late 2021 release), which ultimately gives competitors more time to establish a presence in the EV truck market.
    Why Tesla’s $1 Trillion Valuation Is Ridiculous
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    Where's the growth?

    $Rivian Automotive(RIVN.US)$ Rivian has just started production and deliveries, with total deliveries reaching 156 units of the R1T pickup by the end of October, planning to reach 1,000 units of deliveries by year end on production of 1,200 units. Production of the R1S, the SUV, is expected to commence in December with deliveries this year minimal to none. Production is scaling fairly slowly under those targets, from 180 units per month up to a projected ~400-500 units by December, given those targets.
    Volumes will need to scale significantly over the next four quarters as the company has "55,400 R1T and R1S preorders in the United States and Canada from customers." Rivian intends to fill out this delivery backlog by 2023, implying substantial growth in volumes from ~1,000 in 2021 to an estimated ~20,000 in 2022. Rivian's launch of both vehicles has continued to be delayed and the company's "production ramp is taking longer than originally expected due to a number of reasons," which could impact the timeframe for those stated deliveries and lead to pre-order cancellations because of the long wait time.
    Rivian does believe that this order backlog and Amazon's commitment provide predictable growth and accelerated scaling of volumes, with equipped capacity of 150,000 units currently. Factory expansion is expected to boost capacity to 200,000 units by 2023, but Rivian does not expect to achieve near-max capacity production run rates until 2024. While this does represent impressive scaling alongside potential opportunities of growth in new R1 models planned to be launching as part of a broadening lineup, a solid proportion of that near-term capacity is committed to Amazon - potentially up to 40,000 units/year by 2024.
    At an ASP of $70,000 to $75,000 for the consumer vehicles, Rivian has $3.9-$4.1 billion in revenues represented cumulatively through 2023, assuming that it does not lose a substantial amount of pre-orders and can meet that conditional ~55,000 unit volume. The EDV, for Amazon's order, has no stated pricing yet, but will be priced on volume, which could contribute lower margins while boosting revenues.
    On the commercial side, Amazon's order is it. That's all Rivian can do for the moment - the company is "unable to serve additional last mile delivery customers beyond Amazon" until 2025 following exclusivity period expiry, or potentially up to 2027 should Amazon trigger its ROFR clause in the agreement. This opens up the door for competition including Mercedes $MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG(DDAIF.US)$ eSprinter, GM's Brightdrop, Ford's eTransit, and smaller startups like Bollinger and $Canoo(GOEV.US)$ to pursue sales before 2025. $Arrival(ARVL.US)$ does pose a threat, but like Rivian, is committing most of its launch volume to $United Parcel Service(UPS.US)$. While 100,000 units is a massive starting point for the commercial business, apart from international expansion, the period of exclusivity gives competition time to scale and pressure growth.
    Amazon's 100,000 unit order the primary outlet of growth through 2025 is expected to book a majority of Rivian's revenues. So, some potential for revenue growth stems from Rivian's ability to grow its order book in consumer vehicles, with current preorders representing close to $4 billion in revenues by 2023 assuming no cancellations. Expanding production can aid consumer vehicle growth and revenues over this time frame, should Rivian be able to reach annual production volumes of ~100,000 units of consumer vehicle volume by 2025.
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    ColumnTesla's success is exciting, but they are still an automotive manufacturer that

    $Tesla(TSLA.US)$I don't hate TSLA or growth companies; what I hate is paying too much for growth. TSLA is doing all the right things, their revenue, net income, and free cash flow are growing considerably, but at today's levels, investors are paying way too much for TSLA's future growth as a tremendous amount is priced in. A report came out the other day where Bernstein went on a fact-finding mission. Their firm determined that 99% of global car sales originated from traditional auto OEMs. Internal combustion engines accounted for 97%, while battery electric vehicles came in at 2%. The most interesting thing about the report was that the top 15 OEMs had a collective market cap of $1.2 trillion while the pure-play EV companies, with TSLA at the helm, had a collective market cap of $1.1 trillion, yet they sell 1% of all cars today.
    Currently, TSLA has a market cap of $890.5 billion while the combination of$Ford Motor(F.US)$,$General Motors(GM.US)$,$Toyota Motor(TM.US)$,$VOLKSWAGEN A G(VWAGY.US)$,$BAYER MOTOREN WERK(BMWYY.US)$,$Honda Motor(HMC.US)$and$MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG(DDAIF.US)$have a combined market cap of $746.62 billion. TSLA in the TTM has generated $46.85 billion in revenue, $3.47 billion in net income, and $2.57 billion in FCF, while the combined entity of F, GM, VWAGY, BMWYY, TM, HMC, and DDAIF generated $1.13 trillion in revenue, $102.27 billion in net income, and $79.51 billion in FCF. People who are investing in TSLA today are paying too much for their growth. It's perplexing, and the numbers don't make sense. By these numbers, TSLA would need to increase their revenue by $1.08 trillion (2,316%), net income by $98.8 billion (2,849%), and their FCF by $76.95 billion (2,997%) to equal what these companies are producing currently, yet TSLA's market cap is $143.88 billion larger than these companies combined. There is no justification for TSLA's market cap, and all of the innovative ways they are potentially going to generate revenue from aren't filling this void anytime soon. The premium on TSLA's growth is dangerous, and there isn't a single logical justification that has been made to support their market cap.
    TSLA has a current P/S of 18.48 ($892.28 / $48.28 (revenue per share)) and a current EPS of 249.94 ($892.28 / $3.57). TSLA is in the middle of the pack as its net income conversion ratio is 7.4%. I know what the bulls are going to say, TSLA is growing more than everyone else, and I don't understand growth. I have a question, are they? I used many companies here, but let's look at just VWAGY for a one-to-one comparison. TSLA has increased its total revenue by $39.85 billion over the past five years and it's grown from $7 billion to $46.85 billion in the TTM. I admit that's incredible, but so is what VWAGY did. In the same period, VWAGY has increased its revenue by $55.78 billion as it went from $195.79 billion to $251.56 billion. Sure, TSLA has a much higher percentage from a percentage base, but VWAGY, as an established company, grew by more than $8.2 billion over the same period. The same goes for net income, as VWAGY saw its net income increase by $15.94 billion over the past five years while TSLA's increased by $4.14 billion. VWAGY has a 13% ROE ratio, while TSLA's is 12.17%. VWAGY saw its FCF increase by $33.71 billion in the last five years while TSLA's grew by $3.88 billion, yet VWAGY trades at a 4.6x price to FCF multiple while TSLA's multiple is 346.9x. Mr. Market has also placed a 0.83x value on VWAGY's equity regarding its market cap, while TSLA trades at 31.25x. The kicker is that TSLA has diluted shares as they have increased the amount of TSLA shares outstanding by 23.45%, and VWAGY has done all of this while keeping outstanding shares the same. TSLA's market cap is $753.49 billion larger than VWAGY, and if you think VWAGY is standing still in the EV market, they aren't.TSLA's valuation doesn't work, and it's not justifiable as an automotive company.
    Tesla's success is exciting, but they are still an automotive manufacturer that
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    XPeng Gets Top Rating On Environmental, Social And Governance Review

    As part of its ESG initiatives, $XPeng(XPEV.US)$ announced the core concept of "X-SEG" – XPeng-Smart, Efficient and Green – that would guide the establishment and operations of its factories in an eco-friendly manner.XPeng scored 10 and 9.1 in the categories of "Product Carbon Footprint" and the "Opportunities in Clean Tech," two of the key areas that contributed to the ESG ratings.The industry averages for these two categories are 7 and 5.5, respectively.
    $Tesla(TSLA.US)$ could only muster a "A" rating, the same as in the previous two years. The company was found wanting in labor management and product safety & quality. $BYD Co.(BYDDF.US)$ and $MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG(DDAIF.US)$ also secured "A" ratings each. $Toyota Motor(TM.US)$ could manage only "BBB" rating.
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