Poland had over 8,000 electric vehicles at end-November

The number of electric buses, according to the Central Vehicle Registry, stood at 216. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

At the end of November 2019, there were 8,225 electric cars registered in Poland, of which 59 percent were fully electric, the Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM) and the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA) announced on Wednesday.

According to the E-Mobility Index run by PZPM and PSPA, there were 4,886 fully electric BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) on Poland's roads in November, with the remainder (3,339) PHEVs (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles).

The organisations stated that the number of electric heavy and delivery vehicles increased during the analysed period to 502 units, while the number of electric buses, according to the Central Vehicle Registry, stood at 216. The two institutions added that the fleet of electric bikes and motorcycles was also growing steadily and stood at 6,204 units at the end of November.

"Both individual and institutional customers are observing the implementation process of subsidies, within the framework of the Low-emission Transport Fund (FNT), with great interest," PZPM President Jakub Farys said. "However, reports of a possible taxation on subsidies is causing the greatest anxiety. Fortunately, a few days ago, a draft amendment to the law on PIC and CIT (Personal and Corporate Income Tax - PAP) reached the Sejm (lower house - PAP) aimed at exempting subsidies granted from the FNT for the purchase of low- and zero-emission vehicles from income tax for individuals and companies."

PSPA Managing Director Maciej Mazur pointed out that electric vehicles still account for only a small fraction of vehicles in Poland and stressed that their number is much lower than in most EU countries.

"Potential buyers are postponing their purchases, expecting the launch of a support system from the Low-emission Transport Fund. According to the New Mobility Barometer 2019/2020, 28 percent of Poles are considering buying an electric car in the course of the next three years, but for 76 percent of them the decision to buy is dependent on receiving a subsidy. The launch of subsidies, which are working in most EU countries, will be key for the development of electric mobility in Poland," Mazur said.

PZPM and PSPA added that together with the growth in the number of electric vehicles, the general availability of charging infrastructure is also growing. At the end of November, there were 972 charging stations in Poland (1,764 charging points). In the course of the last month, 14 stations emerged (16 points), 30 percent of which were direct current (DC) rapid charging stations, and 70 percent slow-charging alternating current (AC) stations with a charge of 22 kW or less.