Morocco Aims To Double Electric Vehicle Production In Two Years

Morocco aims to double its electric car production by 2024, Morocco World News reports. According to Ryad Mezzour, the Moroccan minister for trade and industry, the country is on track to start manufacturing as many as 100,000 electric cars per year within the next two to three years. Fortunately, Morocco’s existing industrial facilities alone are capable of reaching this lofty goal, although helpful international investment may also be on the table in coming years.

Electric Vehicle Production in Morocco

The need for electric vehicle production

Ramping up electric car production is becoming increasingly essential to maintain a competitive edge in a global market. Net zero carbon emission commitments, a sustainable goal pledged by countries around the world, now mean combustion engine vehicles no longer have a bright future in terms of market outlook.

The European Union, for example, Morocco’s largest trade partner, has voted to ban imports of fossil-fuel cars from 2035. Although Morocco is already the biggest carmaking hub in Africa, the country needs to prioritize the shift to electric vehicles in order to stay ahead. As such, Morocco’s now aiming for an electric vehicle production target of one million units per year, as well as to increase national auto part manufacturing in order to reduce dependence on imports.

Saving money while helping the environment

Better for the environment and offering lower servicing and maintenance costs, electric cars are becoming an increasingly popular choice across the world. Although Moroccan authorities have yet to roll-out financial incentives to further increase electric vehicle adoption, other countries do offer these as a way of boosting clean energy use.

The United States, for example, offers a $7,500 federal income tax credit for all new electric cars purchased in or after 2010. A number of states and utility companies also offer hundred-dollar rebates for at-home electric vehicle charger installation. Although a home charger is an ample investment (around $1,300 in total), it can help people save time and money by being able to charge their electric vehicles without leaving home. For standard 240-volt home outlets, plug-in chargers are ideal. Fortunately, plug-in charging systems can be easily upgraded without the need for an electrician.

Environmental Impact of Electric Vehicles

Morocco’s cobalt reserves attractive to electric car manufacturers

International car manufacturers are already favoring Morocco for the country’s ample cobalt reserves, a crucial material used to produce electric vehicle batteries. In fact, Morocco is home to the 11th largest cobalt reserves in the world. In particular, last year, Groupe Renault, the French multinational car manufacturer, partnered with Managem Group, a mining company, to secure a cobalt supply from Morocco. The agreement states Managem Group will provide Renault with 5000 tonnes of cobalt sulfate for seven years. The first shipment will be provided in 2025.

Car exports also play a key role in Morocco’s status as Africa’s auto manufacturing leader — cars are the country’s second biggest exporting sector with exports expected to reach $5.6 billion by the end of 2022. And, with the boost to electric vehicle production, Morocco’s transition  to green, zero-emission vehicles is set to be a success.

About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of EcoMENA, and an international consultant, advisor, ecopreneur and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biomass energy, biogas, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. He has participated in numerous conferences and workshops as chairman, session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is the Editor-in-Chief of EcoMENA, and is a professional environmental writer with more than 300 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability in different parts of the world. Salman Zafar can be reached at salman@ecomena.org or salman@bioenergyconsult.com
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