Mikkel Rosenvold
5 weeks ago

EU's New Tariffs on Chinese EVs Hit Tesla and BYD Stocks!

Tesla (TSLA) and BYD (1211) Stocks Plummet After EU Tariff Announcement

In a shocking move, the European Union (EU) has slapped new tariffs on imported Chinese electric vehicles (EVs), sending shockwaves through the stock market. Tesla and BYD saw their shares tumble early Wednesday following the announcement, raising concerns among investors and EV enthusiasts alike.

Unfair Competition or Protectionism?

The EU claims that Chinese EVs benefit from unfair subsidies, giving them an edge over European competitors. To level the playing field, the EU is imposing a whopping 38% tax on non-cooperative Chinese automakers and a 21% fee on others. Specifically, BYD faces a 17% tariff, while Geely (175) will be hit with a 20% tax. The highest penalty of 38% is reserved for SAIC. Tesla, although an American company, might not escape unscathed due to its Shanghai factory exports.

Tesla's Potential Tariff Woes

Tesla’s situation is particularly precarious. If the EU imposes a tariff on Tesla, it could significantly impact the company’s profitability. Tesla benefits from lower labor costs in China, but this advantage might diminish if tariffs are applied. Jeff Chung, a Citi analyst, noted that Chinese EV makers could still profit in Europe with a 30% tariff, albeit with tighter margins.

Global Repercussions

The EU’s decision is part of a broader trend of countries protecting their local industries from the flood of Chinese EVs. Turkey recently announced a 40% tariff, and the U.S. quadrupled its tariffs on Chinese car imports to a staggering 100%. Despite these hurdles, China remains the world’s top car exporter, with 3.8 million passenger vehicles sold outside its borders in 2023. Experts predict this number could double by 2029.

Market Reactions

Following the tariff announcement, BYD shares dropped 3.7% in overseas trading. U.S.-listed shares of NIO and Li Auto also took a hit, falling 3.6% and 2.3%, respectively. Even Tesla stock dipped slightly by 0.2%, showing the market’s nervousness.

What’s Next for EVs?

As countries like the EU and the U.S. implement tougher tariffs, the global EV market is bracing for more turbulence. Ford Motor CEO Jim Farley emphasized the need for fair competition, highlighting China’s massive car-making capacity compared to its domestic market size.

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