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AUTOMOTIVEPolish EV Growth Slows in January, Industry Urges Continued Support and Infrastructure Focus

According to data from the end of January 2024, a total of 58,341 private and commercial fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were registered in Poland. Their number increased by 1,628 units in the past month – this information comes from the Electromobility Meter launched by PZPM and PSPA.

At the end of January 2024, 100,737 electric cars were driving on Polish roads. The fleet of fully electric passenger cars (BEVs, or battery electric vehicles) numbered 52,356 units, and the fleet of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) – 48,381 units. The number of electric delivery and heavy-duty vehicles was 6,012 units. The fleet of electric mopeds and motorcycles, which totaled 19,415 units at the end of January, is also growing steadily, as is the number of hybrid passenger and delivery cars, which has grown to 697,371 units. By the end of last year, the park of electric buses in Poland grew to 1,185 units.

In parallel with the fleet of vehicles with electric propulsion, the charging infrastructure is also developing. At the end of January 2024, there were 6,086 publicly accessible electric vehicle charging points (3,362 stations) in Poland. 27% of them were fast direct current (DC) charging points, and 63% – free alternating current (AC) charging points with a power of 22 kW or less. 153 new points were launched in January.

“Without a doubt, the most important news from the Polish electromobility sector in recent weeks was the announcement by NFOŚiGW of subsidy programs for electric trucks and the infrastructure for charging them. Currently, there are only about 120 eHDVs on Polish roads, and only one charging hub in the whole country, which can be used by zero-emission trucks. Both projects require optimization before implementation, but they are necessary for accelerating the electrification of heavy-duty transport. Thanks to subsidies, the costs of acquiring eHDVs will approach the prices of comparable fossil fuel vehicles, especially in the N2 category. Meanwhile, without subsidies, in the case of the N3 category, they can even be more than three times higher, and in the N2 category – almost twice as much,” says Aleksander Rajch, member of the PSPA board.

“The decrease in the dynamics of zero-emission vehicle registrations in Poland and Europe in January this year clearly shows that support measures for electric vehicles, both passenger and delivery vehicles, and trucks are very important for the development of this vehicle segment. It is worth drawing conclusions from the experiences of other countries and using good solutions to strengthen the position of the zero-emission automotive sector in Poland. This is especially desirable in the case of charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure for all types of vehicles – passenger, delivery, and trucks. With even greater joy, the entire industry welcomed the long-awaited project to subsidize the purchase of trucks and the construction of dedicated infrastructure for these vehicles” – says Jakub Faryś, President of PZPM.

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