Tesla’s 44% January Rally, Lucid Sizzles On Going-Private Rumors, Lightyear Ditches Premium Vehicle And More: Biggest EV Stories Of The Week

Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) led a rally in electric vehicle stocks within the week ended Jan. 27 as its earnings beat and better-than-feared forward commentary encouraged traders to revisit beaten-down stocks belonging to the industry. Listed here are the important thing events that happened within the EV space in the course of the week:

Tesla’s Q4, Outlook Adds Strength To Stock Rally: Tesla’s stock plunged 65% in 2022. After the Elon Musk-led company announced a string of steep price cuts across geographies, the stock began to show the corner. The rally gained steam after the corporate beat each earnings and revenue expectations and Musk got here up with a bullish commentary.

The billionaire hinted at an internal delivery goal running at a 2-million-unit pace, although the corporate’s formal guidance pitched sales at 1.8 million units. The corporate also confirmed the start-of-production timeline for the much-awaited Cybertruck. Automotive margin, though forecast to contract, was higher than what the Street was modeling.

The sum total of all of the positive tidings led to a stellar two-day run within the stock post the discharge of its results Wednesday, taking the year-to-date gains to 44%.

Lucid Could End Up In Saudi Financier’s Pocket: After reducing production guidance and reporting a drop in reservations last yr, doubts about Lucid Group, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:LCID) ability to effectively execute heightened. These fears were discounted by the stock, which ended 2022 down 82%. Whilst greater rival Tesla began to chart a recovery in 2023, Lucid’s stock continued to flatline.

Rumors of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which holds an roughly 65% stake in Lucid, buying the remaining stake it doesn’t own and taking the EV maker private sent its top off by nearly 100% intraday on Friday. After paring a number of the gains, the stock ended the day 43% higher at $12.87.

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Toyota’s Leadership Transition Raises Hope For Faster EV Transition: Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) CEO Akio Toyoda, who’s the grandson of the founder, announced plans to step down from the position later this yr. The corporate’s Lexus luxury subsidiary’s top brass, Koji Sato, will take over as CEO.

The change of guard increases hopes that the world’s largest automaker by volume could expedite transitioning to EVs, given Toyoda had adopted a measured approach and was often criticized for going slow on that front.

Rivian Loses One other Executive: Rivian Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:RIVN), which faced a couple of key executive departures recently, has lost one other C-suite executive. Jim Chen, the corporate’s chief lobbyist who was pushing for bypassing dealerships and selling on to customers, will leave by February by mutual agreement.

Canoo Going Places: Money-strapped maker of the approach to life EVs Canoo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOEV) announced it has signed an agreement with GCC Olayan, on the market, service and distribution of Canoo fleet solutions in Saudi Arabia.

Lightyear Gives On Premium EV: Solar-powered EV maker Lightyear said it’s suspending the manufacture of its flagship Lightyear 0, a premium EV priced at 250,000 euros ($271,813), Electrek reported. As an alternative, the corporate is reportedly planning to deal with an inexpensive model priced at 40,000 euros.

Read next: Tesla Stock ‘Outperforms’ EV Industry ETF, Peers Since Jan. 13 US Price Cuts: What Investors Should Know

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