The shorts squirmed and squealed.
The sour faces of complacency and bitterness quietly stormed out of the room.
And those who believed that innovation should be rewarded and invested in — not mocked and trivialized — are much wealthier today...
My friends, last week the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced profitability. This came after a series of big announcements and the highest score ever delivered by Consumer Reports, which called it "the best car ever tested."
If you're a longtime reader of these pages, you know I've been singing the praises of Tesla since before the company even went public. And I do hope you picked up a few shares along the way.
Because, well, take a look:
Of course, this does not represent the success of the electric vehicle market overall.
Although sales, integration and acceptance of electric vehicles continues to impress, there have been, and will continue to be many more obstacles ahead.
But one thing is for certain: Electric cars are not only here to stay — the electric car market is booming!
I'm loving it!
It was in December 2010 when major automakers first made electric cars available to the masses, and 345 electric cars were sold that year.
In 2011, 17,735 electric cars were sold. In 2012, 52,835 were sold.
During the first four months of this year, 24,551 electric cars were sold in the United States — and about 100,000 are expected to be sold by the end of 2013.
And of course, if you add conventional hybrids to this mix, the numbers are even more impressive...
In 2012, 434,645 hybrids were sold in the United States. Combine that with the 52,835 electric cars sold in 2012, and you're looking at electric drive vehicles making up 3.38% of total vehicle sales for 2012.
And in the first four months of 2013, 163,915 hybrids have been sold. Combine that with the 24,551 electric cars sold so far this year, and you're looking at electric drive vehicles making up 3.8% of total vehicle sales for 2013.
My friends, it's happening right now. And I'm loving it!
Buy Your Own Tesla
Of course, from an investment standpoint, options remain limited...
While electric cars are a lock going forward, there still aren't too many opportunities from which to choose.
Tesla blew the doors off last week, and now it's trading at tremendous highs.
Although I remain bullish on the company, I'm not rushing out to add to my position anytime soon...
Battery and lithium plays are way too risky right now, and it's becoming increasingly clear that electric vehicle charging stations are becoming the domain of big dogs like GE (NYSE: GE), Siemens (NYSE: SI), and ABB (NYSE: ABB).
So here's what I propose...
Forget about investing in electric cars right now, and maintain your focus on natural gas and natural gas infrastructure...
Then use the massive amounts of cash you make from these natural gas stocks and buy yourself a Tesla Model S.
Ain't she a beaut?
To a new way of life and a new generation of wealth...
@JeffSiegel on Twitter
Jeff is the managing editor of Energy and Capital and contributing analyst for the Energy Investor, an independent investment research service focusing primarily on stocks in the oil & gas, modern energy and infrastructure markets. He has been a featured guest on Fox, CNBC, and Bloomberg Asia, and is the author of the best-selling book, Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks. For more on Jeff, go to his editor''s page.
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