As gas stations start to disappear, electric vehicle charging stations are increasing around the world at a fast pace. The semiconductor and battery industries all play a crucial role in the growth of the electric vehicle market. However, the charging network industry is just as important. Various charging companies went public this year, which gave investors options when choosing between their stocks.
On Nov. 4, Pod Point, the leading car charging company in the IPO, revealed the details of its planned IPO. It hopes to go public within the next few months. Pod Point will offer shares at £225 ($303.55) each and expects a valuation of £352 million ($474 million).
Why charging station companies can be a good investment
As the electric vehicle industry grows, so do charging networks since they tend to have a close correlation with each other. EV manufacturers are competing against each other to have the most, the best, and/or the most efficient electric vehicles on the market. There are only a few car manufacturers that have their own charging stations, besides Tesla.
President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan calls upon vehicle companies around the world to produce less gas-fueled vehicles and more electric-powered ones. Many of these companies have already taken the initiatives themselves. Companies have set goals or made promises to reduce or eliminate the production of gas-fueled vehicles.
Volvo is one company that aims to be a fully electric car company by 2030. Other vehicle companies including Bentley, Cadillac, and Jaguar also hope to be all-electric in the near future.
With the spike in electric vehicle production, there have to be enough charging stations to compensate for the demand. In 2020, the global EV charging station market had a value of $5.03 billion, according to Mordor Intelligence. As the growth continues, it’s estimated that the market will be valued at $36.87 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 44.44 percent.
The top charging station companies
No company in the world has more charging networks than ChargePoint. The company has over 114,000 charging stations in the world. ChargePoint controls over 70 percent of charging network market shares, which is at least 7x more than any competitor in the market. Since its IPO debut in September 2020, ChargePoint has made acquisitions to improve its services including the purchase of a European charging software startup in July.
Blink Charging (BLNK)
In North America, Blink Charging is one of the original charging network companies with a large network itself. On Nov. 3, the company was awarded funding for building charging stations. It received funds from various Michigan environmental organizations including Michigan Consumers Energy, Michigan Department of Environment, and Great Lakes and Energy.
EVgo is the largest public fast-charging network in the nation. It allows vehicles to charge up to 90 miles in 30 minutes or less. EVgo is also the first charging station company to use 100 percent renewable energy. The company went public in July through a SPAC merger, which gave it a valuation of $23.6 billion.