Popularity of hyrbid cars in Poland surges

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The number of hybrid vehicles registered in Poland rose by 140 percent in comparison to 2019, according to a new report.

The report, produced by the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA) and the Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM), also shows that there are now the 18,875 cars with electric drives registered in Poland.

Of those 10,041 are fully electric (Battery Electric Vehicles, or BEVs). The rest are hybrids (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, or PHEVs), which saw their numbers grow by a 140 percent to 9,879.

The number of electric buses on Polish roads also increased. At end-2020, there were also 430 of them, 201 more than at the end 2019: an increase of 2.5 times.

At the end of December there were also 839 electric vans and trucks, and 8,941 electric scooters and motorbikes.

According to PZPM and PSPA, along with a growth in the number of electric vehicles, the general availability of the charging infrastructure was also growing.

At the of 2020 Poland had 1,364 charging stations offering 2,641 charging points, one-third of which were direct current (DC) rapid charging stations, while two-thirds were slow-charging alternating current (AC) stations with a charge of 22 kW or less.

PZPM is an automotive lobby associating 50 companies from the sector and is a member of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).