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31 Jul 2023

Moroccan scientist and inventor Rachid Yazami took center stage at the third edition of the Global Industry 4.0 Conference, hosted on Wednesday by the magazine “Industrie du Maroc”, where he shared an inspiring vision of the country’s readiness to embrace electric vehicles (EVs) in the near future. Yazami is the 2018 Scientific and Technological Achievement TAKREEM Laureate. Yazami spoke to Morocco World News on the sidelines of the event, drawing attention to the flourishing global market for electric vehicles and underlining the significance of preparing Morocco for the transformative EV industry by 2030 and 2035. With major automotive companies like Renault and PSA Group having their sights set on EV projects in the North African country, Yazami stressed that “Morocco has to be ready for the 2030 – 2035, so that we can produce batteries that are adapted to large markets.” He particularly stressed the need to develop batteries tailored to the markets’ unique environmental conditions, where temperatures can soar to more than 50 degrees Celsius. Acknowledging 50 degrees Celsius as the threshold for battery safety, Yazami emphasized the urgency of addressing safety concerns and devising methods to maintain battery integrity at higher temperatures. In this respect, the Moroccan scientist revealed an ongoing project aimed at enhancing the stability of lithium-ion batteries, allowing them to function reliably even in scorching heat. “I’m currently working on a project to increase the stability of lithium batteries up to 90 degrees Celsius … and this is another big technological and scientific challenge,” he stressed. This project holds the potential to set a new industry standard for battery safety and performance, providing the backbone for Morocco’s EV ambitions.


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