Polish firm builds first electric delivery van with state support

“Ultimately, we will be able to offer more than ten versions of electric vehicles with maximum load ranging from 235 kg to more than 1,000 kg and capacity ranging from 1 to 15 cubic metres,” FSE CEO Thomas Hajek said. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

The FSE company, based in the southern Polish city of Bielsko-Biala, has built the country's first electric delivery van thanks to PLN 4.5 mln (EUR 1.05 mln) in support from the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR).

"The FSE M is Poland's first e-mobile vehicle that is ready for serial production and one of the three models that the company plans to put on roads under the NCBR's Innomoto project," FSE CEO Thomas Hajek said at the presentation of the new electric mini-van.

"The value of the project is PLN 6,663,530 (EUR 1.56 mln) and the value of the subsidy is PLN 4,496,869 (EUR 1.05 mln)," said NCBR's spokesperson Kamil Melcer.

According to the company, "manufacturing will be carried out in Poland and will be launched in the first half of 2020, while sales should start by the end of 2019."

"We estimate that the vehicle sales will reach 10,000 vans by 2025," the company also said.

The FSE is also planning to add two new models of electric vehicles soon, the FSE S and FSE L, according to Hajek. "Ultimately, we will be able to offer more than ten versions of electric vehicles with maximum load ranging from 235 kg to more than 1,000 kg and capacity ranging from 1 to 15 cubic metres," Hajek said.