Lightning eMotors (NYSE:ZEV) vs. Ford Motor (NYSE:F) Critical Analysis

Lightning eMotors (NYSE:ZEV – Get Rating) and Ford Motor (NYSE:F – Get Rating) are both auto/tire/truck companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends and earnings.


This chart compares the net margins, return on equity, and return on assets of Lightning eMotors and Ford Motor.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Lightning electric motors -385.50% -332.46% -30.94%
Ford engine 8.57% 12.46% 2.04%

Risk and Volatility

Lightning eMotors has a beta of 0.81, suggesting its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. By comparison, Ford Motor has a beta of 1.15, suggesting its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and insider ownership

13.0% of Lightning eMotors shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 52.4% of Ford Motor’s shares are held by institutional investors. 15.9% of Lightning eMotors stock is held by company insiders. By comparison, 0.9% of Ford Motor’s stock is held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, hedge funds, and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Benefits and evaluation

This chart compares gross revenue, earnings per share, and valuation of Lightning eMotors and Ford Motor.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Lightning electric motors $20.99 million 11.83 -$100.77 million ($1.32) -2.50
Ford engine $136.34 billion 0.38 $17.94 billion $2.84 4.49

Ford Motor has higher revenue and profit than Lightning eMotors. Lightning eMotors trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ford Motor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Lightning eMotors and Ford Motor, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Lightning electric motors 1 0 5 0 2.67
Ford engine 4 ten seven 0 2.14

Lightning eMotors currently has a consensus price target of $10.88, indicating a potential upside of 229.55%. Ford Motor has a consensus price target of $18.20, indicating a potential upside of 42.75%. Considering the higher consensus rating of Lightning eMotors and the higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe that Lightning eMotors is more favorable than Ford Motor.


Ford Motor beats Lightning eMotors on 10 out of 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lightning eMotors (Get a rating)

Lightning eMotors, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells zero-emission commercial fleet vehicles and powertrains to commercial fleets, large corporations, original equipment manufacturers and United States governments. It offers zero-emission class 3 to 7 battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. The Company’s vehicles include freight and passenger vehicles, school buses, ambulances, shuttles, work trucks , city buses and coaches. It also offers charging systems and charging infrastructure solutions for medium-duty commercial vans and coach fleets. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Loveland, Colorado.

About Ford Motor (Get a rating)

Ford Motor logoFord Motor Company designs, manufactures, markets and services a range of Lincoln trucks, cars, sport utility vehicles, electrified vehicles and luxury vehicles worldwide. It operates through three segments: Automotive, Mobility and Ford Credit. The Automotive segment sells Ford and Lincoln vehicles, replacement parts and accessories through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to commercial fleet customers, daily car rental companies and governments. The Mobility segment designs and builds mobility services; and provides autonomous driving system development services. The Ford Credit segment is primarily engaged in vehicle financing and leasing business to and through automobile dealerships. It offers installment retail contracts for new and used vehicles; and direct finance leases for new vehicles to retail and commercial customers, such as leasing companies, government entities, daily rental companies and fleet customers. This segment also offers wholesale loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; and dealer loans to fund working capital and improve dealer facilities, purchase dealer real estate, and other dealer vehicle programs. The company has a strategic collaboration with ARB Corporation Limited to develop an aftermarket product suite for the new Ford Bronco. Ford Motor Company was incorporated in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan.

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