Electric vehicle (EV) charging station stocks are wonderful renewable energy investments that will not only help reduce carbon emissions but provide consistent and favorable portfolio returns for environmentally conscience investors.
What are the best EV Charging Station Stocks?
- Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA)
- Chargepoint (NYSE: CHPT)
- Blink Charging (NASDAQ: BLNK)
- TPG Pace Beneficial Finance Group (NYSE: TPGY)
- Nuuve (NASDAQ: NVVE)
- EVgo (NYSE: EVGO)
- Volta (NYSE: VLTA)
The EV Sector Gold Rush: Invest in “Picks and Shovels”
Just a few years ago, most investors didn’t know anything about EV cars or the fast-growing EV charging station industry. That was until Tesla entered the public eye and racked up an impressive 700%+ return for Tesla shareholders in 2020.
Nowadays, every major outlet covers new and upcoming EV makers in search of the next Tesla. The truth is many of these new EV makers will fail or dilute their shareholder base in a futile attempt to increase their production output.
There’s a strong bullish case to ignore many of these newer EV companies and focus on the picks and shovel sellers of the EV industry, EV charging station companies.
During the 1840’s California Gold Rush, Americans rushed to California in search of gold but many people lost their entire savings and went home empty-handed.
However, people who sold picks and shovels to these ambitious gold miners became millionaires. Instead of picking and choosing which EV maker will thrive, why not invest in “picks and shovels” and profit handsomely? EV charging stocks offer massive upside with limited downside risk if you invest in companies with a robust number of charging ports, growing subscriber base, solid management team, and growing EV charging footprint.
The Bullish Case for EV Charging Stocks
We’re talking about a long list of electric vehicles that must rely on electric charging as a power source like:
- Passenger vehicles
- Commercial vehicles
- Delivery Vans
There are currently 1 million EVs in the US and that number is expected to grow at a 30% CAGR to over 13 million EVs by 2030.
On top of that, US President Joe Biden proposed a massive renewable energy plan to fight climate change and build over 500,000 EV charging stations in America by 2030.
EV adoption will soar as more consumers embrace smart electric cars just like everyone switched to smartphones after Apple launched the iPhone.
Why Invest in Electric Vehicle Charging Stocks?
- New disruptive technology that will replace outdated gas station refills
- High growth opportunities fueled by EV sales and changing consumer tastes
- Highly scalable companies with built-in flywheel effect
- Easy to understand businesses with recurring revenue & customer loyalty
- Undervalued when compared to more mature valuations in 2025 and beyond
- Fight against climate change and benefit from the good karma effect
In this article, we’ll cover the best electric vehicle charging station stocks to buy and profit from the rising EV movement.
Top Electric Vehicle Charging Stocks
Let’s dig into each company individually and I’ll explain why each stock made the list.
1. Tesla (TSLA)
Tesla is the best large-cap EV charging station stock (aka world’s most valuable EV car maker) but the truth is Tesla is a diversified clean energy company.
While most investors are familiar with Tesla’s growing EV revenue, you may not be aware that Tesla owns and operates its EV charging stations, too.
Tesla’s supercharger network is the largest global fast-charging network in the world. Superchargers can add up to 200 miles (321 km) of range in just 15 minutes.
As of Q1 2022, Tesla operates 3,724 supercharger stations across the world (Up 38% YoY) and has increased that number by a few hundred stations every quarter. Total supercharger connectors are 33,657 (Up 35% YoY).
While Tesla isn’t a pure electric vehicle charging station company, I believe it’s the best overall EV play for investors due to its disruptive technology, world-class leadership, and ability to innovate years ahead of the competition.
In 2021, Tesla delivered 936,000 vehicles and Elon Musk revealed a goal to produce 20 million EVs in 2030. That means Tesla needs to grow its supercharger network to accommodate the massive rise in Tesla cars on the road.
I think it’s the safest overall EV charging station stock pick because Tesla will continue to grow and gain influence as long as Elon Musk pushes the company forward as the #1 EV innovator in the world.
2. Chargepoint (CHPT)
Chargepoint has over 188,000 activated charging points and owns a 73% market share in America, well ahead of competitors like SemaConnect and Blink.
The company made 2 recent acquisitions, Has-to-be and ViriCity, to increase its charging ports throughout Europe. Both acquisitions will add around 42,500 European charging ports, which should push Chargepoint over the 150,000 charging ports milestone.
Chargepoint generated revenue of $242 million in 2021 with a proposed 58% CAGR over the next 5 to 10 years.
As an early innovator, Chargepoint began building out its charging network years ahead of the competition.
This early worm syndrome is similar to Apple (early smartphone innovator) and Tesla (early EV maker) because they dominated disruptive industries before competitors started to catch on to consumer behavioral trends.
Chargepoint’s CEO Pasquale Romano is a Harvard-educated engineer who can help turn Chargepoint into a massively successful company.
Chargepoint makes money by selling its hardware to 3rd parties and generates recurring income from its software and per Kwh charging services.
The Chargepoint app has over 500k downloads and a 4.6 star ratings in the Google Play store.
On top of that, Chargepoint has a top selling Level 2 home charger on Amazon..
Chargepoint should continue increasing revenue as more people purchase EV vehicles and start driving again after COVID-19 fears ease. The company expects to generate $450 to $500 million in revenue for 2022 and things are looking bright for my favorite EV charging station stock.
Due to its reasonable share price and growth potential, I also added CHPT to our best stocks under $50 dollars list.
3. Blink Charging (BLNK)
Blink Charging is the best small-cap EV charging station stock and a decent competitor to Chargepoint in the American market.
Blink has over 190k members in its charging network and operates over 30,000 charging stations across 13 countries including the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Blink has a slightly different business model than Chargepoint because they own and operate 100% of its charging stations.
Of course, this makes it harder to Blink to reach scale but still makes it an attractive investment since all EV charging station stocks should perform well in 2022 and beyond.
Blink generated $20.9 million in 2021 revenue (Up 236% YoY) but BLNK stock trades at a very high Price to Sales ratio of 54. It looks link BLNK stock is overvalued unless you believe revenue will grow at an aggressive clip and you don’t mind holding the stock for the long term.
Blink Charging CEO Michael Farkas founded the company, which is a great sign since founder-led companies tend to outperform all other stocks in the long run.
Since Blink is a small-cap stock, Blink relies on stock offerings to fund its growth and expansion.
When companies issue stock to raise capital, stock offerings cause a dilutive effect for existing shareholders.
Not all stock offerings are bad though. Tesla is the largest EV car company in the world and Elon Musk uses stock offerings frequently to increase overall EV production and deliveries.
Blink is one of the smaller EV charging station stocks in America but I like its plans to expand and grow its membership base.
4. Wallbox (WBX)
Wallbox is an EV charging company based out of Spain with a growing footprint in the smart charging segment. The company completed its SPAC merger in late 2021 with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp to become the first Spanish tech company listed on the NYSE.
In 2021, Wallbox generated $86.5 million in revenue (Up 266% YOY) and sold 129,000 chargers (Up 261% YoY) in nearly 100 different countries.
Pulsar Plus, Wallbox’s worldwide best-selling level 2 charger, is the company’s flagship product and enables fast reliable level 2 home charging with WIFI and other key benefits.
The company achieved several other milestones including an ad in Super Bowl XVI and began production in its brand new 121,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Barcelona, Spain.
An expanded partnership with Uber drivers will also help drive revenue and product sales further due to Uber’s goal of zero carbon emissions by 2030.
From a fundamental standpoint. WBX stock is fairly valued at a Price to Sales ratio of 23, which has the potential to become profitable in 2024.
If you are looking for a good European EV charging stock with key partnerships and revenue growth then WBX shares are worth a look.
EVbox, the largest EV charging network in Europe. was set to merge with TGPY in a SPAC deal but both parties walked away from the deal during the massive tech selloff in late 2021.
That being said, EvBox is still open to a potential SPAC merger in the future so I’m stilling including them in this article as a future investment.
EVbox has over 190k charging ports across 70 countries, making it a market leader in the European market.
Based out of Norway, EVbox along with Chargepoint represent the two biggest brands in the EV charging station industry.
The company generates revenue by sales of equipment as well as recurring-revenue software subscriptions, services, and transaction processing fees.
EVbox offers both AC level 2 and DC fast-charging stations ranging from 3 to 300 kw. The SPAC merger is expected to close in Q2 2021 with a total market cap of $1.3 billion.
EVbox is also planning an expansion into America in 2021 although I think Europe is its bread and butter market.
One of the good things about EVbox is that European governments are aggressively banning the sales of ICE vehicles to force residents to drive electric vehicles.
This will only help EVbox gain a larger market share and boost revenue in both the short and long term.
With over $120 million in annual sales, the EVbox merger will create a unique opportunity to own a high-growth stock in a fast-growing European market.
6. Nuuve (NVVE)
7. EVgo (EVGO)
EVgo is set to merge with Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition Corp to bring America’s largest fast charging EV network to the public.
The good news is that EVgo already generates $14 million in annual revenue with plans to hit $1.2 billion by 2027.
The company already has a partnership with Tesla and other EV makers to integrate EVs into its fast charging network.
EVgo currently operates 800 fast charging stations across 34 states in the United States. EVgo plans to triple its charging stations under an agreement with General Motors plus has a partnership with Uber & Lyft as well.
Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money, mentioned EVgo as his favorite EV stock pick on one of his past episodes:
8. Volta (NYSE: VLTA)
Volta Charging merged with Tortoise Acquisition II Corp to take Volta public with a total transaction value of $1.8 billion.
Volta plans to disrupt the entire EV charging sector with a diversified revenue strategy that focuses on selling advertisements at prime retail locations to increase brand awareness for nearby businesses.
Ideal locations are high traffic areas such as:
- Shopping Malls
- Big Box Stores (Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco)
While most EV charging companies only sell energy, Volta will sell ads and energy by luring in customers with a free 30-minute charging session.
Volta compares its disruptive technology to other growth companies like Netflix, Amazon, Priceline, and AirBNB.
Volta currently has 1,507 EV charging stations installed with a goal to hit 26,242 stations by 2025.
The company projects $47 million in 2021 revenue with a goal to reach $825 million by 2025. Volta’s lucrative advertising model could help them become profitable as early as 2023.
Once the SPAC merger is approved, Volta Charging will trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol, VLTA. There will be around 203 million shares outstanding once the merger closes and Volta will receive $600 million in cash to grow its business.
Volta Charging is a bit expensive with a P/S ratio of around 40, although many EV charging stocks trade at higher valuations due to the industry’s explosive growth potential.
If Volta grows revenue to just under $1 billion by 2025 then VLTA could easily be a $20 to $40 billion-dollar company. That’s around 10 to 20x upside from its current price levels.
9. Allego (ALLG)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is It Too Late to Invest in EV Charging Stocks?
There is no right or wrong answer here since all of these stocks appear undervalued at the moment.
Think about the massive shift that is taking place in the world right now.
95% of all vehicles must be replaced with EVs but the change is happening slowly around the world.
It’s still the 1st inning of the EV race and many legacy automakers like Ford and GM haven’t sold any EVs yet.
That means it’s not too late to invest in EV charging stations. In fact, half the stocks on this list are still trading as SPACs pre-merger.
2021 is the best year to invest in these stocks because I think we’ll see a lot of people fall in love with electric cars this year.
Which EV Charging Station Stock to Buy for First Time Investors?
Do some research on each of the stocks I listed and see which one fits your investment strategy the best.
It’s also a good idea to “invest in what you know” and use your location & personal knowledge to choose the best investments for your portfolio.
I’m personally invested in Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) & Chargepoint (NYSE: CHPT) because I live in the United States and am very familiar with both companies. You can view my growth stock portfolio to see what I’m currently holding.
If you live in Europe then EVbox (TPGY) looks like a solid stock to buy. Tesla is also expanding in Europe and many Europeans purchase Tesla cars.
If you like investing in small-cap stocks then Blink Charging (NASDAQ: BLNK) provides a lot of upside at a lower market cap.
Where to Buy These Stocks
Buying EV charging stocks is very easy. Open a brokerage account with one of the brokers listed above depending on where you live.
Now is a great time to invest in the EV industry. While I cannot guarantee that EV charging station stocks will go straight up, I do think patient investors will be handsomely rewarded.
Full Disclosure: I own shares of Chargepoint (CHPT).