Close menu

August 31st, 2022 | 14:15 CEST

E-mobility before hydrogen! Watch out for Plug Power, Edison Lithium, Mercedes-Benz and Rock Tech

  • Mining
  • Lithium
  • Hydrogen
  • GreenTech
  • Electromobility
Photo credits:

According to the traffic light coalition, subsidies for e-mobility will continue until about 2025 but will decrease by an average of about 30% annually. In the future, the top models will be subsidized even less, and the subsidy for hybrids will already expire at the end of the year. Vehicles costing over EUR 65,000 will no longer be subsidized at all. The environmental bonus tax pot comprises EUR 3.4 billion and will not be increased any further. However, it is important that hydrogen-powered vehicles also benefit from subsidies. Currently, however, there is a lack of models for the mass market. For the e-industry, there are still bottlenecks in battery technology and lithium availability. Against this background, the industry will still have a lot of work to do to get climate change in mobility on the road. Where are the opportunities?

time to read: 4 minutes | Author: André Will-Laudien
ISIN: PLUG POWER INC. DL-_01 | US72919P2020 , Edison Lithium Corp | CA28103Q1090 , MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG | DE0007100000 , ROCK TECH LITHIUM | CA77273P2017

Table of contents:

    Dr. Thomas Gutschlag, CEO, Deutsche Rohstoff AG
    "[...] China's dominance is one of the reasons why we are so heavily involved in the tungsten market. Here, around 85% of production is in Chinese hands. [...]" Dr. Thomas Gutschlag, CEO, Deutsche Rohstoff AG

    Full interview


    Mercedes-Benz - Memorandum of Understanding with Rock Tech Lithium announced

    The top news from the last week: Automotive giant Mercedes-Benz is exploring a strategic partnership with German-Canadian start-up Rock Tech. Is this the breakthrough for the not yet fully-licensed mine operator-to-be? Former CEO and Chairman Robert Harbecke is proud of his green tech company and has big ambitions. In two years, they want to start up the first factory for battery-grade lithium hydroxide in Europe and become the leading supplier of the raw material to the local electric car industry by the end of the decade.

    As part of the binding agreement being sought, Rock Tech has agreed to supply up to 10,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide of the planned production annually to Mercedes-Benz and its partners starting in 2026. Rock Tech chose Guben in Brandenburg, Germany, as the site for the first European converter. This marks the start of the first German-Canadian lithium partnership. Nevertheless, there will probably still be some corporate actions before the first lithium delivery. Shareholders have recently had little reason to rejoice, as the share has lost around 50% since the beginning of the year.

    Economics Minister Robert Habeck and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz achieved more in the background during their visit to Canada than was previously assumed. As the carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced in an ad hoc, they have signed a comprehensive memorandum of understanding with the Canadian government. The intention is to intensify cooperation along the entire automotive value chain, from technical development and raw material extraction to production, service life and recycling. Mercedes-Benz aims to become fully electric by the end of the decade and plans to offer all vehicle architectures for battery electric vehicles from 2025. EQE SUV production will start this year at the US plant in Alabama, with the battery coming from the Company's plant in Bibb County.

    Over the past 12 months, Mercedes shares have lost only 7%, making it one of the best performers in the DAX. From a chart perspective, a solid buy zone should form between EUR 50 and 56. However, the paper must not fall below EUR 48!

    Edison Lithium - In the right place at the right time

    The Mercedes-Rock Tech deal is a good template for the activities of other lithium explorers worldwide. While Rock Tech will extract the white metal from hard rock, Argentina's deposits are more likely to be found in the form of lithium brine deposits. Argentina is part of the so-called lithium triangle, which covers over 30% of the world's lithium trade.

    The Volkswagen Group alone plans to put around 26 million pure e-vehicles on the road by 2029. In the long term, a large part of the raw materials used should be recycled, reducing the need for "new" lithium. However, this is not likely to become noticeable until 2030, when used batteries start to come back in larger quantities. Until then, new deposits must be developed and made marketable. The Canadian explorer Edison Lithium is working intensively on two Argentinean properties in Salar Antofalla and Salar Pipanaco. In total, there are 24 claims with an area of about 100,000 hectares. The wells drilled to date indicate a potential brine zone with a thickness of at least 300 meters.

    Argentina is already the fourth largest lithium producer in the world, but the government is consistently expanding its efforts to attract more companies. It is doing so via new roads, friendly laws and many promises. Edison has invested just under USD 2 million in the licenses so far, and the start-up is worth less than EUR 10 million on the stock market. With the right strategy and some luck in exploration, Edison Lithium could emulate the big producers like Albemarle, Livent, SQM or Allkem, but it probably needs some time for that. EDDY shares can currently be purchased for between CAD 0.06 and 0.07, and there is also turnover on Tradegate. Because of the hot battery sector, the share is speculatively highly interesting!

    Plug Power - Strong revival after the Canada summit

    The hydrogen sector has also benefited from the German-Canadian raw materials summit. After all, in addition to battery raw materials, the topic of fuel cells is also to be advanced further. Canada is considered a predestined H2 production country because of its almost infinite supply of green energy. The climate change bill from the White House also suggests some investment in hydrogen.

    Amazon was the first major address to turn to Plug Power. The collaboration between the two companies involves supplying green hydrogen starting in 2025 to help meet the shipping giant's decarbonization goals - a big fish for the H2 specialists from New York but also a big challenge. Plug will probably get one step closer to its ambitious revenue target of USD 3 billion in 2025 with this blockbuster order, but it needs to have a comprehensive ecosystem for integrated green hydrogen solutions up and running in the foreseeable future.

    The highly valued PLUG share developed upwards by almost 100% in August due to the favorable tailwind for the entire sector. Having hit the top at USD 32, the value is currently consolidating at around USD 28. If the good sentiment on the Nasdaq returns quickly, a resumption of the uptrend can be expected. Stocks in Plug Power should be technically stopped out at USD 26. We only expect new upward momentum above USD 32. Plug Power is an overpriced hope stock for GreenTech fans due to its 16x sales valuation.

    Developments around the decarbonization of the planet are moving investors worldwide. Whether battery metals, hydrogen or other green tech applications. Valuations play a subordinate role in this hype. The main thing is that fossil fuels disappear from the scene as quickly as possible. One thing investors should keep in mind: diversification lowers portfolio risk!

    Conflict of interest

    Pursuant to §85 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG), we point out that Apaton Finance GmbH as well as partners, authors or employees of Apaton Finance GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "Relevant Persons") currently hold or hold shares or other financial instruments of the aforementioned companies and speculate on their price developments. In this respect, they intend to sell or acquire shares or other financial instruments of the companies (hereinafter each referred to as a "Transaction"). Transactions may thereby influence the respective price of the shares or other financial instruments of the Company.
    In this respect, there is a concrete conflict of interest in the reporting on the companies.

    In addition, Apaton Finance GmbH is active in the context of the preparation and publication of the reporting in paid contractual relationships.
    For this reason, there is also a concrete conflict of interest.
    The above information on existing conflicts of interest applies to all types and forms of publication used by Apaton Finance GmbH for publications on companies.

    Risk notice

    Apaton Finance GmbH offers editors, agencies and companies the opportunity to publish commentaries, interviews, summaries, news and the like on These contents are exclusively for the information of the readers and do not represent any call to action or recommendations, neither explicitly nor implicitly they are to be understood as an assurance of possible price developments. The contents do not replace individual expert investment advice and do not constitute an offer to sell the discussed share(s) or other financial instruments, nor an invitation to buy or sell such.

    The content is expressly not a financial analysis, but a journalistic or advertising text. Readers or users who make investment decisions or carry out transactions on the basis of the information provided here do so entirely at their own risk. No contractual relationship is established between Apaton Finance GmbH and its readers or the users of its offers, as our information only refers to the company and not to the investment decision of the reader or user.

    The acquisition of financial instruments involves high risks, which can lead to the total loss of the invested capital. The information published by Apaton Finance GmbH and its authors is based on careful research. Nevertheless, no liability is assumed for financial losses or a content-related guarantee for the topicality, correctness, appropriateness and completeness of the content provided here. Please also note our Terms of use.

    Der Autor

    André Will-Laudien

    Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets.

    About the author

    Related comments:

    Commented by Armin Schulz on September 27th, 2023 | 09:05 CEST

    Nikola, Saturn Oil + Gas, BASF - A Buy in difficult times?

    • Mining
    • Oil
    • Batteries
    • renewableenergies
    • chemicals

    These are challenging times on the stock market. Central banks have not announced the end of interest rate hikes, which is poison for growth companies. In addition, extreme weather conditions are affecting the production of some companies, and there are geopolitical tensions to consider, including the ongoing Ukraine conflict and the simmering dispute between the US and China. Recently, there have also been tensions between China and Germany. Following critical statements by Foreign Minister Baerbock to China's Xi Jinping, the German ambassador was summoned. Energy shortages are becoming increasingly significant for many companies in Germany. Today, we look at three companies suffering from the problems described.


    Commented by André Will-Laudien on September 27th, 2023 | 08:05 CEST

    The high-tech gold rush on the Nasdaq is waning: BYD, Manuka Resources, and Infineon remain on the buy list

    • Mining
    • Vanadium
    • Electromobility
    • Technology
    • GreenTech

    For those investing in green or high-tech sectors, keeping an eye on the supply chains of raw materials is crucial. After all, in times of geopolitical upheaval, nothing seems more important to the industry than securing its foreign sources of critical resources. The EU and the US have already responded by adding several metals to the list of strategic elements. For the capital markets, too, the fight against global warming has become an issue that cannot be ignored. We focus on successful protagonists that can enhance any portfolio.


    Commented by André Will-Laudien on September 26th, 2023 | 07:45 CEST

    Artificial Intelligence in Sellout! Nvidia, Defense Metals, ARM Holdings - Nothing works without rare earths!

    • Mining
    • RareEarths
    • AI
    • chips
    • Investments

    After long bull market movements, the stock market usually tends to rotate sectors, or the market enters a general consolidation. In the former case, investors can profit by reallocating their assets while exploring new investment opportunities. In the latter case, all stocks come down, and the capital market generally suffers from a change in sentiment and corrects recently exaggerated valuations. In the case of the new megatrend of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the stock market seems to sense a great need for correction. As if by magic, the blockbuster stock Nvidia rose by 250% in just 9 months. However, it has already retraced nearly 20% from its peak. Where do the opportunities lie for investors?