National Stock Exchange launches India’s first electric vehicle index | Autocar Professional


India now has its first index on the stock exchange to track the performance of companies in the electric vehicle ecosystem. On Thursday, National Stock Exchange’s index services subsidiary NSE Indices Ltd launched a new thematic index – the Nifty EV & New Age Automotive index.

The index will track the performance of companies that are part of the electric ecosystem or involved in developing electric vehicles or new-age automotive vehicles such as those based on hybrid technology and hydrogen fuel.

Stocks that are part of the broader Nifty 500 index are eligible to be a part of the index, provided they are involved in the production and supply of electric or new-age automotive vehicles, batteries, components, raw materials, and technology.

The index could act as a benchmark for asset managers and become a reference index tracked by passive funds in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), index funds and structured products. The base date for the index will be April 2, 2018, and the base value is 1000. The index will be reconstituted semi-annually and rebalanced quarterly.

Currently, the index has 33 stocks. Top constituents by weightage include Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors Ltd, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Exide Industries Ltd, Bosch Ltd, Samvardhana Motherson International Ltd, Eicher Motors Ltd, CG Power and Industrial Solutions Ltd and Himadri Speciality Chemical Ltd.

The launch of the Nifty EV & New Age Automotive index will facilitate the creation of products that would create an opportunity for asset managers to invest in the electric vehicle and new age automotive market thereby providing an investment vehicle to investors, said NSE Indices CEO Mukesh Agarwal said.

The new index launch comes at a time when the Indian government is pushing for the adoption of vehicles that run on batteries and alternate fuels. Electric vehicle adoption in India is picking up faster in the two and three-wheeler segments. As per the Vahan portal, a total of around 1.6 million (16 lakh) electric vehicles were sold in India during 2023-24, which includes 944,126 two-wheelers, 632,485 three-wheelers, 90,432 four-wheelers and 3,693 buses.

Electric two-wheeler major Ola Technologies is likely to list its shares on the stock exchanges soon, while Ather Energy and Hyundai Motor India are also reportedly planning for an initial public offerings. Tata Motors has announced a major restructuring plan that would demerge the company into two separate publicly traded companies – one for the commercial vehicle business and the other for the passenger vehicle business, which will be home to the company’s include electric vehicle business and Jaguar Land Rover as well.

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