Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lithium Catalyst: Apple Electric iCar Coming From Tesla? ILC.v TNR.v AAPL TSLA

   It will not take much to ignite Lithium Bull again - just four words will do: China, Pollution, Tesla and Apple. We have written extensively about three of them before and now we can have the groundbreaking development with Apple thinking about joining the Electric Party.
  Will Steve Jobs' Apple iCar Dream finally come to reality with Tesla? Mickey Drexler was talking about his friend: "Steve's dream before he died was to design an iCar". Tesla Motors and Elon Musk have proven that Electric Cars are for real: technology is here - we just need the mass market.
  We are talking here about the reality distortion field worthwhile Steve Jobs memory. Billions of Apple cash and Tesla's technology can make the miracle and take the market by storm with Tesla Model E for electric cars mass market made years ahead.
  Lithium investment theme will fit very well with this conglomerate. Lithium batteries are everywhere: in every Apple mobile devise, in every Tesla electric car. It is not a coincidence that Tesla is preparing plans to build super Lithium battery plant. All these plans: Tesla Model X launch, Tesla Model E for mass market development and Lithium Battery plant will need a lot of Capital and Apple has it. Is it the match made in heaven? We will see very soon, but investors are better take notice about this trend already.

Lithium Drive: China To Extend Subsidies On Electric Cars Past 2015 TSLA, ILC.v, TNR.v, LIT, RM.v

  "We have another confirmation that China takes Electric Cars very seriously and we can expect now further transfer of technology to Chinese based electric cars production facilities. Subsidies will apply only to Electric Cars produces in China, according to some reports. Tesla move into China will highlight the new technology again and with pollution scare it will get the spotlight of the Chinese media. Tesla Supercharges will be the real game changer for the electric cars mass market."

Lithium Drive: Tesla Model S - Driving Coast To Coast TSLA, ILC.v, TNR.v, LIT, RM.v

"Electric Cars are not toys any more and Tesla Model S has demonstrated its reliability in all conditions during this trip. The implementation of the Superchargers network is the game changer for Electric Cars and Tesla Motors is the solid leader in technology here. 
  The next step in the world-wide expansion will be UK and China. In both countries we have a lot of momentum now. Next few years can allow the company to take by the storm the high premium markets in both countries and roll out its Supercharger infrastructure. The new Tesla model for mass market electric cars will be coming in on the prepared ground to make this revolution for real.
  We were quite a few years ahead in a lot of our expectations for electric cars and now can see how this groundbreaking technology is bearing its fruit. Time is to dust off our Lithium darlings, which are still below the radars of investment crowd."

Lithium Drive: Beijing To Fight Air Pollution By Making 40% Of All New Cars Hybrids ILC.v, TNR.v, LIT, RM.v

"Electric Cars will be the logical solution for China's pollution problems. At least with urban mobility electric cars can dramatically improve the air quality very fast. For years critics were pointing out that electricity is produced in China in large percentage by the coal power plants, the latest Party Plenum has taken the clear path towards greener electricity sources: natural gas, nuclear, wind and solar. 
  Now the only thing left out is the reliable technology to put the real electric cars for mass market on the roads. All major electric cars players are already presented in China: Nissan, GM, Ford, Toyota. Home grown BYD is making its way with electric proposition and taking the market of Electric Buses now. Tesla Motors is already selling Model S in China and there are reports that this electric car can be produced in China as well. Kandi with its concept of electric cars for rent from the vending machine is another very important development. We are talking here not only about Beijing and Shanghai, but more than 160 cities in China with population over 1 million people.
  Now China again makes the bold move into the electric space and its lithium batteries and lithium materials industry is making very big progress under the radar screens of general investors. We are following here Ganfeng Lithium and International Lithium and they are getting into the interesting development stage of this cycle now with UK promoting electric cars and China coming back in this high stake technology game with the new force."
 "China is literally chocking with pollution and electric cars are the obvious solution for urban mobility over there. Lithium developers are out of market favour now, but wait when investors will connect the dots again. Ganfeng Lithium is already the market leader in China in the lithium strategic supply chain and  extending its raw material base with International Lithium strategic partnership. Today's news from UK are putting new perspective to International Lithium 10 million J/V development partnership in Ireland with Ganfeng Lithium. 

"Mr. Kirill Klip stated, "We are working to advance our Blackstairs Lithium project early in 2014 under the ten million dollar joint venture with strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd. ("GFL"). We are also working with GFL on a corporate structure that will enable the companies to move forward on the Mariana lithium-potash brine project in Argentina."

International Lithium: Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium to Raise $81.5 Mln via Private Placement ILC.v, TNR.v, LIT

"Now Ganfeng Lithium has the capital to advance its development programs with International Lithium. Once the tax loss selling will be over International Lithium should enjoy better market perception with further advance of Lithium properties in Ireland, Argentina and Canada. Ganfeng Lithium production facilities development shows China's appetite for strategic commodities for electric revolution in order to make transportation and personal mobility still possible after recent pollution scare."


Apple's M&A chief reportedly met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk

The electric carmaker's chief executive met with Adrian Perica and "probably" Apple CEO Tim Cook last spring, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

Elon Musk
Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
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Apple may have been kicking the tires on Tesla, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that reported the company's chief of mergers and acquisitions met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year.
Adrian Perica met with Musk and "probably" Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple's Cupertino headquarters last spring, according to the report, which cited a source whose identity was concealed to protect business relationships.
"While a megadeal has yet to emerge (for all of its cash, Apple still plays hardball on valuation), such a high-level meeting between the two Silicon Valley giants involving their top dealmakers suggests Apple was very much interested in buying the electric car pioneer," the report said.

This isn't the first time an Apple acquisition of Tesla has been suggested. Adnaan Ahmad, an analyst with German investment bank Berenberg, caused a media stir last October when he penned an open letter to Cook and Chairman Arthur Levinson that made a case that acquiring Tesla could give revenue Apple long-term revenue growth that is unavailable from smartphones and tablets.

"I know this is radical and potentially 'transformative' but this would radically alter Apple's growth profile," Ahmad wrote. "In Elon Musk, you could strike up a partnership and obtain a new iconic partner to lead Apple's innovation drive."

Apple has already made inroads with the automobile sector. At WWDC 2013, Apple announced plans to better integrate iOS into car dashboard screens . The company also has a partnership with Ferrari in which Apple created an infotainment system for the luxury carmaker via its Siri-based Eyes Free voice-command system and two iPad Minis for the use of passengers.
Tesla declined to comment on the report. CNET also contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more."

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