The number of electricians in Poland is growing. Eight percent in four months (REPORT)

Luc Williams

After 4 months this year the number of registered fully electric cars increased by 8%, i.e. 7,782 units. The passenger car fleet consisted of 57,958 units. The report added that there are 6,691 publicly available charging points for electric vehicles in Poland.

At the end of April, there were 111,775 electric passenger cars on Polish roads

“According to data from the end of April 2024, a total of 64,495 passenger and commercial all-electric cars (BEV) were registered in Poland. During the first four months of this year, their number increased by 7,782 units, i.e. by 8% compared to the same period. period 2023” – results from the Electromobility Counter launched by the Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM) and the Polish New Mobility Association (PSNM).

Data from the Electromobility Counter show that at the end of April 2024, there were 111,775 electric passenger cars on Polish roads. The fleet of fully electric passenger cars (BEV, battery electric vehicles) numbered 57,958 units, and the fleet of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) – 53,817 units. The number of delivery vehicles and trucks with electric drive amounted to 6,568 pieces.

The study also noted that the fleet of electric mopeds and motorcycles is constantly growing, which amounted to 20,402 units at the end of April, as well as the number of hybrid passenger cars and delivery vehicles, which increased to 771,558 units. It was added that at the end of last month the fleet of zero-emission buses in Poland increased to 1,314 units, of which fully electric vehicles accounted for 1,260 units and hydrogen vehicles – 54 units.

“In parallel with the fleet of electric vehicles, the charging infrastructure is developing. At the end of April 2024, there were 6,691 publicly available charging points for electric vehicles (3,686 stations) in Poland. 28% of them were direct current (DC) fast charging points, and 72% percent – free alternating current (AC) points with a power less than or equal to 22 kW,” it was reported. As indicated, 201 new points were opened in April.

Faryś: Subsidies from KPO may revolutionize the first registrations

The automotive industry also commented on the government's plans to allocate PLN 1.6 billion from the KPO program for subsidies for electric vehicles. “We do not know the details of this program, but taking into account the recently observed decline in the dynamics of registration of new electric vehicles – not only in Poland – this program can certainly revolutionize the first registrations,” said Jakub Faryś, president of PZPM.

He noted that while in the case of new cars, the only objections were raised by the too low value of the vehicle covered by the subsidy, amounting to PLN 225,000. PLN, then in the case of subsidies for used cars, the details will turn out to be “very important” – including a precise definition of which vehicles will be subject to subsidies. “Every effort should be made to ensure that no longer used electric cars enter our market,” Faryś noted. In his opinion, limiting the age of the vehicle to 4 years seems reasonable. “In virtually all European countries, subsidies were accompanied by an obligation to use the vehicle for at least 2-3 years. This would mean that buyers using the subsidy system would import vehicles over 4 years old, and we do not want that,” said the president of PZPM.

“PSNM has been trying to introduce subsidies for zero-emission vehicles – following the example of, among others, the Netherlands, France, Lithuania and Germany – for several years,” recalled Aleksander Rajch, member of the PSNM Management Board. He pointed out that currently the buyers of electric cars in Poland are primarily companies – their share is systematically increasing and exceeds 85%. “However, electrification of Polish fleets on a mass scale will not be possible without a significant increase in demand for EVs from the secondary market among individual buyers,” Rajch emphasized.

The Polish Automotive Industry Association is the largest Polish organization of employers in the automotive industry, currently associating 50 companies: manufacturers and representatives of manufacturers of motor vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and body manufacturers in Poland. The Polish New Mobility Association is an industry organization dealing with creating the electromobility and alternative fuels market. The organization brings together over 200 enterprises.

author: Anna Bytniewska


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