As the world is waking up to sustainable mobility solutions, many countries are taking bold steps towards electrification. Poland is one of Europe’s biggest economies that has been intensively promoting electric vehicles and environmental sustainability measures. In light of the sweeping electrification wave, Poland’s president Andrzej Duda, launched the “Future Technologies. Electromobility” conference, at Warsaw’s Presidential Palace.
The Polish president stated that e-mobility is important because replacing combustion engine cars with electric vehicles in the future will increase Poland’s energy independence and reduce pollution. In addition, a Polish economy focused on innovative technologies, will be better prepared to compete with Western economies.
The conference hosted high-profile attendees, among which Polish Deputy Energy Minister Michał Kurtyka, Director of the National Centre for Research and Development, Maciej Chorowski, as well as numerous manufacturers and exporters from Poland’s e-mobility sector. By holding the second edition of the conference “Future Technologies”, Poland is becoming one of Europe’s leading economies, driving the transition to sustainable urban mobility.
Novel e-mobililty law
Poland has been also working on harmonisation of e-mobility legislation with European Union rules. Recently, a new e-mobility law was proposed, and is yet to be discussed by Poland’s upper house. The new law includes waiver excise on electric vehicles, free parking in cities and construction of charging stations around the country.
Warsaw’s electric buses
In addition to the recent measures aimed at setting future directions for policy and business development, Poland was also granted € 41 million, by the European Commission. The funds are coming from EU’s Cohesion Fund, whose goal it so reduce economic and social disparities in the EU, and promote sustainable development. They will be used for the purchase of 130 new electric buses for Warsaw, which will help reduce car traffic and improve air quality. Warsaw’s citizens will be able to use the buses at the beginning of 2021.
However, Poland may see the benefits of electrification even earlier, considering the government’s steering toward sustainable mobility, streamlined with other large European economies.