Morocco Reveals 1st Locally Made Intelligent Charging Station for Electric Cars
Rabat – The first intelligent charging station for electric vehicles, 100% made in Morocco, was presented, Monday in Rabat, in the presence of the Minister of Industry, Trade and the Green and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy.
Developed at the request of manufacturers in the automotive sector by the Green Energy Park – a research platform set up jointly by the Institute for Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) and the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) – and supported by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and the Green and Digital Economy and the Ministry of Energy, Mining and the Environment, “iSmart” is a new generation of intelligent electric car charging stations for professional and domestic use.
Speaking on this occasion, Elalamy said that electric power is taking the lead in the automotive sector in a significant way. This smart terminal is a highly technological product that meets the needs of Moroccans who own electric cars, he underlined.
Morocco has invested in the automotive sector in a serious way for years, the minister added, stating that this sector is being totally transformed towards renewable energy, with electricity as a priority.
For his part, IRESEN Director-General, Badr Ikken told the press that this is the first charging station for electric vehicles developed, designed and manufactured in Morocco.
The station will be manufactured as of 2022 with a production of 5.000 terminals per annum.
It is an excellent example of technology transfer, he said, pointing out that the terminal offers several advantages including fast recharging, 4G connectivity, a control and monitoring platform and an integrated projector allowing the projection of information and advertising.
With powers ranging from 7.5 kW/22 kW/ to 50 kW, the station can charge a small car in 30 minutes. “Its design is modular and can be integrated at wall level, fixed on legs or integrated into the lampposts,” Ikken said. This initiative accompanies the decarbonization of the mobility sector and the industrial development of a new generation of electric vehicles, he added.
As part of the green ecosystem, in its sustainable mobility component, a production line for this new generation of smart stations will be installed in Benguerir in 2022, with the support of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and the Green and Digital Economy.