Chinese Gotion to set up $1.3 billion battery gigafactory in Morocco

Chinese Gotion High Tech, one of the ten leading global players in battery technology with sites in the USA, Japan, Germany, and Singapore, has signed an investment agreement with the Moroccan government to build North Africa’s first EV battery gigafactory. The Kenitra city project will cost 1.3 billion US dollars (12.8 dirhams).

The first phase is set to have a production capacity of 20 GWh, but Gotion plans to raise the plant’s capacity to 100 GWh. The construction will start in 2026, and the total investment is expected to reach 6.5 billion dollars.

Attractive to Chinese manufacturers

Morocco’s proximity to Europe, free trade agreements with key EU and US markets, and its existing automotive industry make it attractive to Chinese EV battery makers.

The country is home to automakers Stellantis and Renault production plants, with an annual combined production capacity of 700,000 cars and a cluster of local suppliers. Citro├źn also produces about 50,000 EV buses annually in Morocco and plans to double that output in two years.

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