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Why Plug Power and Bloom Energy Stock Dipped Today, but Electrameccanica Vehicles Surged

By Rich Smith - Jan 4, 2021 at 1:04PM

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Renewable energy stocks are moving in divergent directions.

What happened

The new year is off to a confusing start for renewable energy investors, with shares of fuel cell stocks Bloom Energy ( BE -6.30% ) and Plug Power ( PLUG -9.94% ) both tumbling -- down 3.4% and 4.7%, respectively, at 11:55 a.m. EST on Monday -- while electric car company Electrameccanica Vehicles ( SOLO -8.06% ) revved up for a 7.3% gain.

So what

All three stocks are tied to the alternative energy industry in one way or another, betting that the future will see less oil used to power production and transportation, and greater use of batteries and other means of producing electricity. The three companies also racked up impressive gains in 2020, but some were more impressive than others.

Over the course of the past 12 trading months, Plug shares led the pack with a 787% gain, while Bloom shares soared 255%. Electrameccanica lagged behind and was up "only" 183%. That may be part of the reason that investors are taking profits from Plug Power and Bloom Energy stocks today, but betting that Electrameccanica still has gas in the tank (if you'll pardon the expression).

Red Solo electric car.

A Solo electric car. Image source: Electrameccanica Vehicles.

Now what

Reinforcing that view, over the weekend cited Electrameccanica stock (but not Bloom or Plug) as a "monster" stock endorsed by analyst Craig Irwin at Roth Capital.

In Irwin's opinion, Electrameccanica's three-wheeled Solo electric cars are ideal for fast-food chains looking for better ways to deliver to their customers, offering 100-mile range and low operating costs that might convince them to bring delivery in-house rather than using a third-party provider such as DoorDash or Uber Eats.  

Roth is betting that 2021 will see a couple of announcements of major restaurant chains buying Solo electric cars for their delivery fleets. Electrameccanica, meanwhile, is promising it will soon be able to crank out 20,000 Solos a year at its Chinese factory. At an estimated price of $18,500, Electrameccanica won't need to sell very many Solos to exceed the $600,000 in revenue it booked last year -- and prove today's buyers right.

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Stocks Mentioned

Electrameccanica Vehicles Corp. Stock Quote
Electrameccanica Vehicles Corp.
$2.56 (-8.06%) $0.23
Plug Power Inc. Stock Quote
Plug Power Inc.
$32.80 (-9.94%) $-3.62
Bloom Energy Corporation Stock Quote
Bloom Energy Corporation
$24.56 (-6.30%) $-1.65

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