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From January 2022, the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management will begin accepting new proposals to fund the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. More than 17,000 electric car charging stations and 20 hydrogen stations are anticipated to be built under the new initiative. The budget is PLN 870m, and consists of non-refundable incentives for local governments, businesses, cooperatives, housing complexes, and individual farms to build charging infrastructure.
Applications for financing will be accepted from 22 January 2022, through 31 December 2025, but only until the funds are depleted, which might happen sooner, at which point further decisions will be made. According to Polish EV Outlook’s projections, Poland will have at least 43,000 universal access points by 2025. This result will not be feasible without the deployment of subsidies and an efficient subsidy framework. According to NFOiGW, approximately 1700 electric vehicle charging stations are currently operational in Poland, with slightly more than 30% being direct current (DC) charging points and nearly 70% being free alternating current (AC) chargers with a power of less than or equal to 22 kW.
More than 190 electric car models are available on the Polish market, which indicates that about 38% of the model line is already electrified. The capacity, performance, and charging power of lithium-ion batteries are all increasing all the time. In Poland, the average range of fully electric passenger cars available surpasses 390 kilometers (WLTP), according to PSPA’s.
According to the fund, a priority initiative “Development of energy infrastructure for the development of electric car charging stations,” which is directed at distribution system operators, would promote the expansion of the distribution network (DSOs). The project’s budget is PLN 1bn, and the funds (in the form of grants) will be used to build, extend, and modernize around 4,000 km of overhead and subterranean power lines, as well as the building of approximately 800 transformer-switching stations. The Modernization Fund will be used to fund the initiative.
Electric car chargers will be placed next to InPost parcel machines
InPost, as the largest parcel machine network in Poland intends to use this advantage in the next project with GreenWay Polska, which is to provide it and install electric car charging stations. It is hoped that, in the long term, parcel lockers would be used for more than only picking up and mailing packages, but also for charging automobiles, smartphones, and electric scooters. InPost and GreenWay Polska have begun constructing a charging network that will be available in the logistics center and parcel machines of the first of these enterprises. GreenWay’s job is to handle, monitor, and service chargers that may be utilized by couriers, but also for parcel lockers in the long term. Because the InPost electric vehicle fleet is continually increasing, this is a considerable investment. It’s impossible to estimate the number of charging stations that will be constructed. InPost now has over 15,000 parcel lockers and plans to expand to more than 16,000 by the end of the year.
Emission-free urban logistics
Presuming that Inpost couriers spend on average several minutes at the parcel machine, the time can be used to charge the vehicle, which opens up possibilities to speak about fully electric city fleet in the future. For example, Rohlik.cz, a major Czech-based online supermarket, plans to move CNG-powered cars to exclusively electric – all of its delivery cars are to be electric by 2025. Rohlík’s purchases are currently being delivered by 700 of its own vehicles, and 24 of them still run on electricity. By the end of the year, there should be 42 electric cars, and more are expected to increase rapidly. At the same time, Rohlik, in cooperation with the energy company E.ON, will build a network of chargers for its electric cars. It will start at its distribution centers in Prague and Brno and wants to have a total of 400 by the end of next year. The firm’s own charging stations, which the company began developing in partnership with the energy provider E.ON at its warehouses in Prague and Brno, are a critical part of Rohlk’s electric car future. Rohlik hopes to eliminate the need for public charging stations and control own increasing fleet.