Have you seen how crazy we Zambians have gone over electric cars? Zambians are convinced that we can make some of the components that go into electric cars, mainly batteries and there is a gold rush to mine Lithium in rural areas. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it is a fantasy. Want to know why? Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) are extremely complex Engineering products and the result of over five decades of Research and Development (R&D) in many fields running into billions of US Dollars. Every battery component is meticulously researched, designed, tested and manufactured. You need a complex national ecosystem of Engineering talent, manufacturing capabilities, efficient logistics, strong infrastructure (roads, railways, airports, ports), venture capital financing, strong banking…...

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