Each fortnight our High Voltage column wraps all the news driving ASX battery metals stocks with exposure to lithium, cobalt, graphite, and vanadium.

The European Commission has unveiled a historic, one off €750bn ($1.3 trillion) package to help aid the EU’s economic recovery.

Called Next Generation EU, this cash injection could fast-track the nascent electric vehicle ramp up in Europe, one of the world’s biggest car markets.

“Our generational challenges — the green and digital transitions — are even more important now than before the crisis started,” writes the European Commission.

“Through the recovery, we will press fast-forward on the twin green and digital transitions.”

This recovery includes a focus on unlocking even more ‘green’ investment in electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries, clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and sustainable energy infrastructure (like charging points).

Roskill’s Jose Lazuen says the pandemic has impacted 2020 EV sales but may create a more supportive EV policy and incentive environment going forward.

It has also shown how vulnerable certain industries are to strategic but outsourced supply chains in Asia.

“While logic dictates that, as a result of the pandemic, cash-starved car makers could temporarily halt the research and production of plug-in EVs, that would undoubtedly send the wrong message to investors,” Lazuen says.

“Would investors put their money into companies that invest into a clean and electrified future, or in maintaining a status quo that will eventually be swept away by regulators?

“The fact that Tesla and Toyota are the most capitalised carmakers in the world is not a coincidence after all.”

The world’s largest OEMs will continue to develop large-scale EV manufacturing in the next two years, Lazuen says.

“From VW’s ‘all-in’ EV strategy targeting the European and Chinese markets, to GM targeting the Chinese and the less emissions-regulated (at a federal level) North American market,” he says.

“Similarly, Hyundai-Kia is increasing its EV manufacturing capacity for the European market this year.

“Even Ford and Toyota, historically lagging behind in the mass manufacture of plug-in EVs, have signed battery supply deals with China’s BYD, while sharing platform development costs with other carmakers.”

These carmakers are together expected to have the manufacturing capacity to produce 2 million plug-in vehicles in 2021 and almost 3 million by 2022, according to Roskill’s analysis of EV manufacturing plants worldwide.

“At this stage, it is simply not possible to back-down from the investment in research and dedicated e-platforms these car companies have committed to,” Lazuen says.

 

SMALL CAP HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s a table of ASX battery metal stocks with exposure to lithium, cobalt, graphite, and vanadium>>>

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CODE NAME 1 MONTH RETURN % 6 MONTH RETURN % 1 YEAR RETURN % PRICE [INTRADAY WED] MARKET CAP
ADV ARDIDEN 79 733 614 0.024 $ 54,084,860.00
RLC REEDY LAGOON 40 600 250 0.014 $ 6,576,273.00
SVD SCANDIVANADIUM 3 429 270 0.036 $ 18,470,380.00
TKL TRAKA RESOURCES -15 344 85 0.022 $ 9,767,657.00
VUL VULCAN ENERGY RESOURCES 47 305 467 0.9 $ 51,028,220.00
MLL MALI LITHIUM 22 171 79 0.17 $ 61,882,880.00
AXE ARCHER MATERIALS 28 170 285 0.495 $ 104,324,992.00
ARR AMERICAN RARE EARTHS 0 154 57 0.034 $ 9,309,427.00
CNJ CONICO 7 150 50 0.015 $ 7,367,933.50
MNS MAGNIS ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES -11 150 18 0.195 $ 142,976,336.00
PUR PURSUIT MINERALS -6 143 55 0.017 $ 7,016,483.50
TMT TECHNOLOGY METALS AUSTRALIA 12 124 12 0.19 $ 23,370,000.00
CLA CELSIUS RESOURCES -5 122 11 0.02 $ 14,824,144.00
CLQ CLEAN TEQ 126 108 17 0.35 $ 227,670,368.00
LML LINCOLN MINERALS 14 100 60 0.008 $ 4,024,885.75
EMH EUROPEAN METALS 37 86 44 0.41 $ 72,193,992.00
TON TRITON MINERALS -11 85 25 0.05 $ 60,126,296.00
MIN MINERAL RESOURCES 3 81 113 27.645 $ 5,365,735,936.00
INF INFINITY LITHIUM -11 77 20 0.097 $ 18,818,592.00
TLG TALGA RESOURCES 26 61 57 0.625 $ 166,394,656.00
VRC VOLT RESOURCES -16 60 24 0.016 $ 32,328,886.00
GXY GALAXY RESOURCES 7 55 23 1.385 $ 556,891,904.00
VR8 VANADIUM RESOURCES 4 50 -54 0.027 $ 10,854,046.00
ARL ARDEA RESOURCES -10 46 3 0.55 $ 68,620,752.00
AUZ AUSTRALIAN MINES -20 45 -43 0.0155 $ 63,383,260.00
GED GOLDEN DEEPS 7 45 -30 0.016 $ 7,538,170.00
LTR LIONTOWN RESOURCES 33 45 86 0.16 $ 267,304,720.00
PLS PILBARA MINERALS -16 44 5 0.345 $ 756,410,752.00
EGR ECOGRAF 13 38 -24 0.08 $ 29,482,928.00
BKT BLACK ROCK MINING -12 38 -18 0.052 $ 38,758,656.00
RNU RENASCOR RESOURCES -25 33 -25 0.012 $ 16,016,369.00
MLS METALS AUSTRALIA -33 33 0 0.002 $ 10,945,058.00
AML AEON METALS -9 32 4 0.145 $ 103,750,456.00
JRL JINDALEE RESOURCES 19 30 28 0.41 $ 15,932,977.00
BAR BARRA RESOURCES -4 28 5 0.023 $ 13,719,862.00
CZN CORAZON MINING 20 24 3 0.003 $ 8,133,398.00
JRV JERVOIS MINING 0 23 16 0.295 $ 189,806,704.00
PM1 PURE MINERALS 0 20 0 0.018 $ 11,935,264.00
PSC PROSPECT RESOURCES 10 18 53 0.165 $ 48,609,208.00
AVL AUSTRALIAN VANADIUM 8 18 -7 0.015 $ 33,362,196.00
AJM ALTURA MINING 0 13 4 0.07 $ 209,037,024.00
SYR SYRAH RESOURCES 4 12 -42 0.4 $ 161,794,736.00
MVL MARVEL GOLD -13 11 -56 0.052 $ 20,682,202.00
CXO CORE LITHIUM -15 11 3 0.039 $ 38,778,884.00
LIT LITHIUM AUSTRALIA -19 10 15 0.053 $ 38,999,812.00
TNG TNG 5 9 -6 0.085 $ 92,212,704.00
BEM BLACKEARTH MINERALS -17 9 -36 0.038 $ 4,318,910.00
WKT WALKABOUT RESOURCES 14 8 -13 0.205 $ 68,081,064.00
ORE OROCOBRE -17 2 6 2.61 $ 893,088,448.00
NMT NEOMETALS -3 -1 7 0.175 $ 95,436,472.00
LKE LAKE RESOURCES 0 -3 -20 0.035 $ 26,422,374.00
HIP HIPO RESOURCES -18 -7 75 0.014 $ 6,196,433.00
FGR FIRST GRAPHENE 9 -7 -34 0.125 $ 68,340,216.00
PLL PIEDMONT LITHIUM -8 -8 -16 0.0875 $ 101,668,176.00
AVZ AVZ MINERALS -5 -9 22 0.06 $ 167,471,408.00
SYA SAYONA MINING 0 -10 0 0.009 $ 25,588,722.00
COB COBALT BLUE -4 -17 -48 0.096 $ 18,779,474.00
AGY ARGOSY MINERALS -16 -17 -39 0.049 $ 47,916,600.00
GME GME RESOURCES 3 -19 -42 0.037 $ 20,047,210.00
ESS ESSENTIAL METALS -3 -26 -56 0.096 $ 14,635,013.00
BSM BASS METALS 17 -30 -56 0.0035 $ 10,445,027.00
LPI LITHIUM POWER INTERNATIONAL -16 -30 -58 0.155 $ 42,082,224.00
ASN ANSON RESOURCES -3 -34 -49 0.018 $ 14,885,570.00
LPD LEPIDICO -22 -36 -65 0.007 $ 38,893,012.00
INR IONEER -18 -36 -34 0.099 $ 168,191,296.00
EUR EUROPEAN LITHIUM 7 -37 -43 0.047 $ 31,441,114.00
GLN GALAN LITHIUM -13 -43 -33 0.145 $ 25,529,276.00
MRC MINERAL COMMODITIES 4 49 21 0.26 $ 118,320,000.00

 

US lithium play Anson (ASX:ASN) jumped +176 per cent on a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) — the equivalent of a scoping study — for its Paradox brine project in Utah.

It was full of some pretty impressive numbers for such an early stage study.

The company has been in a suspension ever since pending “an announcement regarding additional information in relation to its preliminary economic assessment” to the ASX.

European Lithium (ASX:EUR) will partner with Talaxis —  a company that invests and develops battery projects — to complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Wolfsberg lithium project in Austria.

Talaxis’ job will include establishing/maintaining relationships with financiers, governments, and offtake partners.

“Having followed the Wolfsberg lithium project for a number of years, we believe the asset is uniquely placed to drive growth in the European battery industry given its strategic location, metallurgically friendly lithium ore and expected production timeline,” Talaxis’ Daniel Mamadou-Blanco says.

“Despite a challenging macro-economic environment in light of COVID-19, we believe the industry’s long-term fundamentals remain resilient as the transition towards electric vehicles and renewable energy continues to accelerate.”

Fellow European play Infinity (ASX:INF) collaborated with major lithium-ion battery chain execs on a presentation to the European Commission and European Investment Bank on May 20.

In “an endorsement” of Infinity’s San Jose lithium project in Spain, the European Commission’s Maroš  Šefčovič remarked that “we are making significant progress to become self-sufficient in lithium industry.”

Infinity says that the urgent requirement to address the EU’s essential critical lithium raw materials and lithium chemicals has seen Šefčovič comment that the EU, through the EBA, will “create a dedicated alliance aimed at critical raw materials including lithium. Europe will need 18 times more lithium by 2030 compared to its current supply”.