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The Drive Towards Autonomous EVs: Volkswagen & Ford Choose Canada as Their Destination

Autonomous cars are the next big story in the automotive sector. Companies like Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) have made remarkable strides in autopilot technology, transforming our perception of how vehicles will be used in the future.

However, as the industry gains traction, the path to self-driving technology seems exclusively reserved for electric vehicles (EVs). Why aren’t the biggest car companies like Volkswagen (ETR: VOW3) and Ford (NYSE: F) building autonomous gas-powered cars?

The answer lies in a convergence of technical, environmental, and economic reasons. Those same factors contribute to a new investment frontier emerging in the shape of graphite – the powerhouse behind EV batteries. Automakers have recently injected capital into Canada’s battery metals sector to safeguard their supply chains. 

Astute investors like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk are also positioning themselves to leverage the anticipated growth in the battery industry by investing in strategic metal producers. 

We have uncovered one of the cheapest ways to participate in the massive upside in EV stocks - buy Northern Graphite Stock - NGC, TSXV. 

Northern graphite stock is in the prime spot for an exponentially large percentage upside fueled by the EV demand. 

The Link between EVs and Autonomous Driving

To comprehend why auto manufacturers are leaning into electric and autonomous synergistically, we must first understand the interconnectedness of these two technologies. 

The infrastructure and design flexibility electric cars provide lend themselves to integrating autonomous driving technology. Electric vehicles, with fewer moving parts and a simpler overall structure, have a distinctive edge when installing advanced self-driving systems.

The Economic Perspective: The March Towards Sustainability

Another compelling reason lies in the global shift towards sustainability. Governments and organizations worldwide are rallying for reduced carbon emissions, imposing stricter environmental regulations. 

Consequently, companies are incentivized, if not pressured, to invest in cleaner, renewable technologies. This makes a strong case for electric vehicles, which, when charged from renewable sources, substantially lower CO2 emissions than traditional gas-powered vehicles.

From an economic viewpoint, investing in autonomous technology for gas-powered cars represents a risky proposition. 

Given the industry’s new environmental trend, internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles may become obsolete or marginalized within the next decade. Consequently, companies hesitate to pour resources into a technology destined for a shrinking market.

Volkswagen and Ford Choose Canada For Their Future

There is wisdom in the investor sphere that suggests investing at the origin point of the supply chain, especially for critical minerals like graphite. This strategy is akin to striking gold (or graphite, in our case) at its source. As automakers intensify their efforts toward a greener future, securing a reliable graphite supply chain has become a high-stakes race.

Embracing the Future With Must-Buy Graphite Stocks like Northern Graphite. 

As we transition into this new era of EVs. understanding the facts and trends can help inspire you to embrace the electric, autonomous future. It is an echo from the days of the gold rush, but this time, it’s a ‘graphite rush.’ The value of this resource is primed to surge in the coming decades, driven by the relentless EV revolution. 

Northern Graphite Corp. [NGC-TSXV; NGPHF-OTCQB] is now the only significant graphite producing company in North America and will become the third largest outside China when its Namibian operations come back online in mid 2024. 

Northern Graphite is a major buy and could produce returns easily in the 300 Percent range from the current lows being experienced across junior resource stocks this May. 

Northern Graphite Announces New Drill Program with the Objective of Extending the Mine Life at Lac des Iles

May 24, 2023: Northern Graphite Corporation (NGC:TSX-V, NGPHF:OTCQB, FRA:0NG, XSTU:0NG) (the “Company” or “Northern) is pleased to announce the start of a new drill program at its Lac des Iles  (“LDI”) property that is designed to explore previously untested areas of the property with the objective of extending the life of what is the only significant producing natural graphite mine in North America.

Located in Quebec, 180 kilometres northwest of Montreal, the Lac des Iles graphite mine has been in operation for over 20 years and was acquired by Northern in April 2022. After a detailed review of historical studies and mine plans, the Company identified a number of target zones on the LDI property that include the northern extension of the pit, mineralization in the west side of the pit wall and numerous electromagnetic conductors, some of which already have encouraging intersections from historical drilling.
LDI Drill Samples
“The new drill program began on May 8th, comprises 8,000 meters of drilling and seeks to delineate additional mineralization as Northern pursues its previously stated plan to increase mine life and production capacity at LDI, including through the potential development of the Company’s Mousseau West deposit located approximately 80 kilometres away,” said Northern Graphite Chief Operating Officer Kirsty Liddicoat.

“Historically, there has been an underinvestment in exploration at Lac des Iles.  We know the property, we know the deposit and extending the life of the mine will set up LDI as a supplier of graphite to Baie-Comeau, where we have plans to build a Battery Anode Material plant,” said Northern Chief Executive Officer Hugues Jacquemin. “This drill program supports our strategy to become a long-term, sustainable and integrated mine-to-market supplier of natural graphite to traditional customers and also serve growing demand stemming from the energy transition and widescale electrification.”

The drill program is being financed from the proceeds of the Company’s $2.25 million charity flow-through private placement completed on April 27, 2023. Preliminary assay results from the program are anticipated to be available in June.

About Northern Graphite

Northern is a Canadian, TSX Venture Exchange listed company that is focused on becoming a world leader in producing natural graphite and upgrading it into high value products critical to the green economy including anode material for lithium-ion batteries/EVs, fuel cells and graphene, as well as advanced industrial technologies.

Northern is the only significant graphite producing company in North America and will become the third largest producer outside of China when its Namibian operations come back online. The Company also has two large scale development projects, Bissett Creek in Ontario and Okanjande in Namibia, that will be a source of continued production growth in the future.  All projects have “battery quality” graphite and are located close to infrastructure in politically stable jurisdictions.

For further information contact
Guillaume Jacq, CFO
Telephone: (613) 271-2124

Qualified Person

Gregory Bowes, B.Sc. MBA P.Geo, the Chairman of Northern, is a "qualified person" as defined under National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.

For additional information

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward- looking statements and information are frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “potential”, “possible” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may”, “will”, “could”, or “should” occur. Forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding, among others, the Company’s intentions to complete the drill program, the anticipated results from the drill program and the Company’s intentions with respect to advancing its developments projects to production and developing the capacity to manufacture value added products. All such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by management based on their experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors they believe are appropriate in the circumstances. However, these statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected including, but not limited to unexpected changes in laws, rules or regulations, or their enforcement by applicable authorities; the failure of other parties to perform as agreed; social or labour unrest; changes in commodity prices; unexpected failure or inadequacy of infrastructure and the failure of ongoing and contemplated studies to deliver anticipated results or results that would justify and support continued studies, development or operations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information or statements.

Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based on what management believes are reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with them. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Subject to applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this news release.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Pretium Capital Group has an ongoing consulting contract for investor relations with the above clients and is also a shareholder.

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