Ford Can't Compete With Tesla Despite Doubling F-150 Lightning Production: Analyst

By Shanthi Rexaline

By virtue of it being the first mover, Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) commands a market-leading position in the EV industry, and while many analysts believe the fast-growing market is capable of supporting multiple players, Tesla's dominance will not end anytime soon, according to Louis Navellier, who runs Nevada-based asset manager Navellier & Associates.

Tesla Stays Ahead With Cheaper LFP Batteries: Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is chief among the legacy automakers making a big push into the EV arena. Despite Ford aiming to double the production of its F-150 Lightning pickup truck, it still cannot compete with Tesla, Navellier said in his Daily Market Notes to investors.

Tesla has the advantage of using less efficient but cheaper iron-phosphate batteries manufactured by Chinese battery manufacturer CATL for its Giga Shanghai made vehicles, the analyst said. Adding that while Tesla uses Panasonic Corporation's (PNK: PCRFY) lithium-ion batteries for its U.S.-manufactured vehicles, CATL's batteries dominate its international sales.

Tesla's rivals are waiting for the production of lithium-ion batteries to increase, and in the process are losing potential EV sales, Navellier said. He expected this situation to continue until battery production catches up with demand.

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Navellier noted that at CES 2022 many new EVs, including General Motors Corporation's (NYSE:GM) Chevy Silverado pickup truck and Daimler AG (PNK: DDAIF) unit's Mercedes Vision EQXX, which offers a 620-mile range, were announced.

Sony Group Corporation (NYSE:SONY) also declared its foray into EVs, the analyst said.

"All of these new EVs are still two or more years away from production due to an acute shortage of lithium-ion batteries," Navellier said in the note.

At last check, Tesla shares were rallying 2.81% to $1,094.28.

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