With all the talk about sustainability, mass transport, and electrification, two companies that have stood the test of time have gone silent….
Yes, I am talking about
The genuine question here will be – Why are these pioneers not tapping into the EV race by being a part of the ecosystem through rechargeable battery packs, charging stations, and storage systems?
The answer is not as trivial as it seems:
- Despite a lot of breaks from the FAME and PLI scheme of the government, building infrastructure without knowing the underlying demand is suicidal for the private sector
- EVs despite the economy of scales playing, the cost is still higher than IC Engine based transport
- Reliance on a Few Countries(like Chile, China) for Lithium. This can be again a repeat of Crude Oil where the entire dependency of ~80% Hydrocarbons is through imports
- In the case of China where is an entire ecosystem with state subsidy in place, linking to the Chinese market or manufacturers can be disruptive in the case of another border flare
- Support by the Government & Industry(Reliance, OMC’s, Adani etc.) to the National Hydrogen Mission
- There is a huge market still existent for rechargeable battery packs that are not Lithium Based (which is the traditional niche of Exide and Amara Raja)
- NITI Aayog’s ‘Methanol Economy’ program takes a very different approach as compared to ethanol(blending), Li-Ion Batteries or Green Hydrogen converting coal reserves and municipal solid waste into methanol for reducing emissions & Greenhouse gas (GHG)
Both the companies have been battered severely by investors,
Despite this, the management is treading cautiously. They have indeed ventured into the Li-Ion space in a staggered manner & with tie-ups.
- Eye on electric vehicle segment, Amara Raja plans $1 billion gigafactory
- Exide-Leclanche joint venture Nexcharge eyes breakeven in FY23 as EV demand rises
One thing can be said with certainty- They have thrown the idea of complete migration without seeing visibility out of the window
- Both the businesses are amazing and know where to head for sustainable growth
- Stay invested as the mobility business is going through flux & once it settles, it will be a different ball game in terms of returns
PS: This is based on the overall industry and how things are moving. Do your individual research and/or consult your investment advisor
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