At first glance, Poland seems like an unlikely candidate to become an industrial powerhouse based on electric vehicles. The country had only 324 public charging stations available in 2016, compared with around 7,000 in the UK. About 1,068 EVs were sold in 2017, up from 556 in 2016. Contrasting with this apparently unpromising start, the Electromobility Development Plan adopted by the Polish Council of Ministers in 2017 plans for one million EVs on the road by 2025.
|Solaris e-bus in Poland.|
Earlier this year, new legislation in the form of the ‘Act on Electromobility and Alternative Fuels’ was approved by lawmakers, setting out the legal framework for Poland’s EV ambition. “There are not so many countries who are putting e-mobility forward as a central component of policy, we are really pioneers in this way,” says Marta Gajęcka, Head of Energy Advisors to the President of the Republic of Poland, in an interview with Energy Post. “Electrifying transport has the potential to enable cheaper and more reliable access to mobility. Electro-mobility forms a central component of the EU’s ambition to decarbonize its economy in line with the Paris Agreement ,” she adds.
Read the story by Clare Taylor from energypost - “Poland’s stunning e-mobility plans.”