How Important is Lithium in Making Electric Vehicles?

On the heels of the $5 billion investment JV announcement between Volkswagen and Rivian, we always like to examine the raw material side.

Lithium plays a critical role in making electric vehicles (EVs). 

Here’s why:

  1. Battery Technology: Lithium-ion batteries, which contain lithium, power the majority of EVs. These batteries are known for their high energy density, long lifespan, and relatively lightweight design.
  • Energy Storage: Lithium is highly reactive, allowing batteries made with it to hold high voltage and exceptional charge. This efficiency makes lithium-ion batteries an ideal choice for EVs.
  • Supply Challenges: However, global lithium supplies are under strain due to rising EV demand. 

The International Energy Agency (IEA) warns of potential shortages by 2025. 

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While current production can meet demand, future developments and manufacturing methods may alleviate these shortages.

Let’s look at the chart:

lit lithium etf trading lower investing analysis chart june

Doesn’t it stand to reason that if Rivian, VW and even Tesla are anticipating a return to EVs in 2025, that lithium is cheap by comparison?

The daily chart shows us that in February LIT had a classic textbook island bottom.

That yielded a decent rally of over 20% from the lows.

Since then, LIT has fallen until yesterday, when it made a new low of 38.87.

Today, LIT gapped up now leaving a potential reversal bottom pattern.

Even more interesting, besides how poorly LIT has performed, is that Real Motion shows a very clear bullish divergence.

Let’s put it this way:

If EVs are a great investment going forward, then the underlying commodity looks like the bargain of the year!

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