The Ministry of Climate and Environment of Poland has developed a project that provides for allocating 800 million zlotys ($216 million) for the construction of charging stations and hydrogen refuelling stations for cars, Ecotown reports.
“The lack of a developed charging network in Poland slows down the spread of electric vehicles,” the department notes. "For regions that will build publicly available charging stations, subsidies will cover 50% of construction, and owners of limited access charging stations can expect to recover 25% of the cost."
Subsidies will be allocated not only to construct new charging stations but also to increase the capacity of existing ones, the Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment notes.
Subsidies will be available to create or expand a charging station up to 150 kW, the construction or expansion of a publicly available charging station, and the construction or expansion of a hydrogen filling station. They will be provided to entrepreneurs (regardless of company size), local governments, communities and housing cooperatives.
The subsidy for a charging or capacity expansion point is proposed as follows:
- 7.5 thousand zlotys with a power of up to 11 kW;
- 10 thousand PLN with a capacity of up to 22 kW;
- 27.5 thousand PLN with a capacity of up to 100 kW;
- 47.5 thousand zlotys with a power of 150 kW.
The subsidy will be up to 50% for hydrogen filling stations, but no more than PLN 3 million per station.
The funds for subsidies are planned to be taken from the EU budget. Therefore, a positive conclusion of the European Commission will be required to approve the project. On December 24, 2020, the Warsaw City Hall announced its intentions to build 800 charging stations for electric vehicles in the next few years. One such station will be able to charge 2 cars within 1-3 hours.
There are now 1,700 public charging stations in Poland.
As reported, a plant is being built in Poland for the production of its own electric car.