The future is now! Sales of electric and hybrid cars rise as Poland shows Europe the way
The number of alternative fuel cars being registered in Poland continues to grow as institutions and individual buyers increasingly choose hybrid or electric vehicles over petrol or diesel cars.
Amid rising concern in Europe and beyond regarding the environmental impact of fuels derived from petroleum, more drivers are making the switch and turning towards alternative fuel vehicles. Alternative fuels include electricity, biofuel and LPG, which stands for liquefied petroleum gas, and is considered better for the environment than petrol or diesel cars.
According to data released by Eurostat in October, Poland now has the highest percentage of alternative fuel cars in the EU – 15 percent, far ahead of the next country, Lithuania, where they make up 9 per cent of the total. In Poland, most of those cars are LPG with 14.37 percent of registered cars running on such.
In 2019, the number of alternative fuel cars registered in Poland increased by 63.8 percent compared to the previous year, according to a report on current trends in the Polish automotive industry by KPMG and the Polish Automotive Industry Association published on 4 February.
Of the 555,600 new passenger cars registered in the country that year, 41,406 run on alternative fuel – around 7 percent of the total. The vast majority of these were hybrid cars (38,716), whilst electric cars occupied a smaller share of the market (2,690).
“It seems that the scale of increases does not yet reflect the future impact of subsidies from the Low-Emission Transport Fund, including subsidies including for individuals and entrepreneurs buying low-emission vehicles (such as electric cars),” said Mirosław Michta, a partner at KPMG.
Michta was referring to the Low-Emission Transport Fund established by the Polish government in 2018 to fund projects associated with the development of electromobility and transport based on alternative fuels.
At the moment, institutional customers are buying more alternative fuel cars than individual ones. In the former group, the number registered in 2019 rose by 66 percent compared to the previous year. Among individual customers, it increased by 54.2 percent.