Gianni Kovacevic: A big increase in the number of electric cars means big demand for key commodities

Gianni Kovacevic is driving a Tesla across the US and promoting his book, 'My Electrician Drives a Porche'. Contrary to popular belief the car only takes 30 minutes to charge, on long term trips the Telsa takes no more time than a conventional car. The age of the electric car is finally upon us.

This particular Tesla has around 200lbs of copper, 75kgs of lithium, even more graphite and also cobalt. The projected penetration of electric cars is 7-10% globally over the next 5 to 7 years, this represents a massive increase in demand for these key commodities.

All these growing number of green technologies require large amounts of copper which increasingly looks like the commodity to watch for long term growth. Technology in general is not the friend of the oil and gas industries.

Talking points from this week's interview:
• The future is now – electric car mass production becomes a reality
• Green technologies use large amounts of copper
• No competition yet for Tesla cars
• More electric cars means rising electricity demand

Gianni Kovacevic is a Canadian-Croatian investor in natural resources and an established author. He has been a speaker at industry-related conferences around the world on the themes of natural resources, demographics and green energy. Having spent the past fifteen years investing in natural resources, he documents his interests into a unique business model that caters to both businesses and investors. Over the past decade he has provided valuable assistance in negotiated financings well in excess of $250 million from a large pool of global investors. Kovacevic's new book titled, "My Electrician Drives a Porsche?" was released in the summer of 2014 and complements over a decade of blogging about his interests and adventures.

BY COLLIN KETTELL