Poland to open electric vehicle factory, build tailor-made car
Feb 20, 2019 Sam Morgan
Poland has not had its own mass-produced car mark since the demise of
companies like Polonez / Flickr
Polish energy companies are set to pool their resources and build an
electric vehicles factory, as Warsaw targets 1 million EVs on the road by
A joint venture set up by Poland’s state-owned energy companies will foot
most of the bill for the project, with the ultimate aim of developing a
home-grown electric vehicle.
A spokesperson for Electromobility Poland, the company behind the project,
said that the as-to-be-yet-unveiled car will be “tailored to the needs of
Polish customers in terms of price, accessories and parameters, but also
attractive for European customers”.
The spokesperson added that Poland is “the largest internal market in Europe
without its own national brand. Therefore our main aim is to create a
producer which will operate on the automotive market and sell EVs under its
own brand name.”
Given the early stage of the factory project though, Electromobility Poland
was unable to comment on the exact location or budget. However, industry
sources suggest that the project will cost around €1 billion.
Clean vehicles expert Julia Poliscanova told EURACTIV that the announcement
is “great news” but warned that EV manufacturing is “highly energy intensive
so more effort needs to be put into decarbonising electricity grids”.
The power behind Polish plugs is indeed an issue as the Eastern European
country still relies heavily on coal, although it has recently made steps to
clean up its energy and is making inroads into renewable energy generation.
If the EV factory sees the light of day, it will add to Poland’s already
impressive e-mobility aspirations. The country is home to one of the biggest
battery plants in Europe and there are even award-winning electric bus
companies firmly established too.
Its strategy is paying off too, as German car giant Mercedes announced in
January that it will open its own battery plant in Poland, adding to its
global production network. Parent-company Daimler plans to debut 10
full-electric cars by 2022.
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