WARSAW, Sept 20 Poland aims to have 1 million
electric cars on its roads by 2025 as it seeks to cut carbon
emissions from transport and will offer tax and other
incentives, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.
The country is one of the biggest polluters in Europe as it
has maintained coal-fuelled power stations as its major source
of energy. Some Polish towns, especially in the south, also
choke in smog due to traffic fumes and coal burning in homes.
"The project will contribute to improving the environment in
our country," deputy energy minister Michal Kurtyka told a news
The ministry said that by 2018 it wants to introduce new
laws that would regulate the development of electric cars,
launch special funds to help start production and create the
prototypes of Polish electric cars.
Last week Poland's four biggest power producers -
PGE, Tauron, Enea and Energa
- said they plan to set up a company,
ElectroMobilityPoland, to promote the use of electric cars
although it is unclear whether they would actually make the
"We would like this technological breakthrough to take place
to the advantage of Polish entrepreneurs," Kurtyka said.
There are few electric cars in use in Poland currently. To
promote their use the energy ministry said it planned to
introduce tax relief for electric car owners as well as
subsidies for the first 100,000 cars.
Germany and some other European countries have introduced
electric car discount schemes to promote sales.
Poland's plan is also a response to the country's issues
with power production at night. Big power stations cannot be
switched off during the night, when demand is much lower than
during daytime hours, so the electricity produced at night is
Encouraging electric cars owners to charge their vehicles at
night would boost demand.
"The aim is to switch the tariffs system so that this night
valley could become a source of energy for electric cars,"
Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice party promotes
coal as the basic source of energy and has taken action to boost
demand for coal, which it has in excess, to help its troubled
Volkswagen, General Motors' Opel unit and
Fiat all produce vehicles in Poland.
(Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Susan Fenton)