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EV Rival To Tesla, Lucid Set To Go Public

Polestar stock neared a debut as the Swedish EV startup, a rival to Tesla (TSLA), announced it will go public via a SPAC deal.




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Owned by Chinese auto giant Geely, Polestar will combine with Gores Guggenheim (GGPI), a special purpose acquisition company or SPAC. The combined company will be named Polestar Automotive and will list on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol PSNY.

The deal values Polestar at roughly $20 billion. It is expected to close in the first half of 2022.

It promises to be one of the largest SPAC deals after Lucid Group (LCIDclinched a $24 billion valuation in February.

A focus on high-performance electric cars positions Polestar as a rival to Tesla and Lucid. It recently brought its first fully electric car to market, the Polestar 2, challenging the Tesla Model 3. And it plans to start producing an electric SUV, the Polestar 3, in the U.S. next year.. The Polestar 2 starts at $38,400 after federal tax credits.


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As part of the deal, Polestar will receive an additional $250 million investment Polestar raised $550 million in its first external funding round in April.

SPACs are a hot investment vehicle on Wall Street. They allow companies promising high growth to list shares without having to go through a traditional initial public offering. In recent years, several EV startups, including Lucid as well as Nikola (NKLA), Lordstown (RIDE), Canoo (GOEV) and Fisker (FSR), came public through SPAC mergers.

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Gores Guggenheim, soon to be Polestar stock, gapped up 3% to 10.28 on the stock market today, hoisting shares above the 50-day line. Tesla stock added 0.3% and is extended from a 730 buy point, according to MarketSmith chart analysis. That means shares are in not in buy range. Lucid stock climbed 6.7%, closing further in on potential 29.91 and 29.13 buy points after news that its upcoming Air will beat Tesla on driving range.

Among other EV stocks, Nikola rose 3.4%, Lordstown fell 1.5%, Canoo tumbled 9.4% and Fisker rose 2.8%.

In 2017, Polestar emerged on the scene boldly aiming to challenge Tesla. It’s backed by Sweden’s Volvo and Geely.

Several of its peers that recently came public via SPAC mergers have had a wild ride. Canoo stock, a so-called meme play, has been especially volatile of late, swinging in and out of favor on social news site Reddit.

Find Aparna Narayanan on Twitter at @IBD_Aparna.

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