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AUTOMOTIVEOver 62,000 Electric Vehicles on Polish Roads, Charging Infrastructure Growing Too

As of the end of March 2024, Poland had a total of 62,629 fully electric passenger and commercial vehicles (BEVs) registered. In the previous month, this number increased by 5,916 units, an 8% increase compared to the same period in 2023, according to the Electromobility Counter launched by PZPM and PSNM.

By the end of March 2024, 108,331 electric passenger cars were on Polish roads. The fleet of fully electric passenger cars (BEVs) amounted to 56,270 units, while the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) fleet totaled 52,061 units. The number of electric vans and trucks stood at 6,387 units. The fleet of electric motorbikes and scooters also continued to grow, reaching 19,953 units at the end of March, as did the number of hybrid passenger and commercial vehicles, which increased to 747,932 units. By the end of the previous year, the fleet of zero-emission buses in Poland increased to 1,280 units (of which 1,226 were fully electric and 54 hydrogen).

Alongside the electric vehicle fleet, the charging infrastructure is also expanding. By the end of March 2024, Poland had 6,490 publicly available electric vehicle charging points (3,583 stations). Of these, 28% were fast DC charging points, and 62% were slower AC charging points with a power of 22 kW or less.

“In the first quarter of this year, nearly 560 new publicly accessible charging points were launched in Poland. More than half of these were fast DC charging points, and the proportion of such devices continues to grow. This trend is encouraging, but these are still significantly low numbers in terms of meeting the goals of the AFIR regulation, which has been applied in member states since April 13th. Just as in 2021, when AFIR was first introduced, the industry’s needs remain the same: shorter construction deadlines for connections, connection conditions better adapted to market realities, and effective support programs. Without fundamental changes in this area, Poland has no chance of timely meeting the requirements of the regulation,” says Maciej Mazur, Managing Director of PSNM.

“The last few months have unfortunately been worse than previous years in terms of zero-emission vehicle registrations in Poland and across Europe. The number of registered passenger cars and buses has increased by a few percent, while the number of electric commercial vehicles has declined. There was a noticeable increase in zero-emission buses, motorcycles, and micro-vehicles. The category that saw close to a 50% increase in registrations was classic hybrids. These results show that the continuation of subsidies within the ‘My Electric’ program is essential for both passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and their infrastructure. It is also absolutely necessary to introduce the announced subsidy program for heavy vehicles and dedicated infrastructure for these vehicles as soon as possible. It is worth noting that the number of electric buses is increasing, which is very pleasing as it indicates an improvement in air quality in our cities,” says Jakub Faryś, President of PZPM.

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