ElectroMobility Poland, a state-owned Polish company, unveiled plans to open a production line for electric vehicles in region of Silesia, South Poland in July 2021.

Poland does not have any national carmaker since FSO Polonez's closure in 2002, which came down after communist-era state subsidies were pulled out.

Since 2016, polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki with his government is planning to reach one million of electric vehicles on Polish roads by the year 2025: "This is our moment, this is our time.". Simultaneously the Prime Minister is well aware of the challenges ahead for his Country.

Director of the EMP project Company established in 2016 - Malgorzata Krolak, hopes that the Polish car factory will be ready to roll their first Izera cars (in two versions: a hatchback and a SUV) off production lines by 2023.

Their prices would be "Affordable to the average Polish driver," and there would be similar technical parameters comparing to electric cars produced by other Companies, she said.

The government is hoping for a boost from EV production to Poland's domestic electricity, communication technology and mechanical engineering sectors.

Poland is already hosting the one of Europe's largest battery facilities and Mercedes-brand owner is planning to open its own battery factory in Poland in January.

In the meantime, two large, European banks are promoting the electric cars industry through an investment in the new central Polish plant.

According to Rafal Bajczuk, senior policy expert (Electric Vehicles Promotion Association): "It is great that Poland is trying to embrace e-mobility and use it as a way to escape the middle income trap and move up the international value chain."

"There is more unknown than known about the project. We know nothing about the technological parts of the vehicles: what platform, what batteries, engines, etc., and who will actually build the vehiles and build the factory." Electric car charging stations in Poland are still few and are far between, as the number of electric vehicles remains small.

"About 45% of Poles live in flats and don't own a car park," Bajczuk says.

There are 9,803 electric vehicles registered in Poland, according to recent figures published in February by the Polish Association of the Automotive Industry.

There are 1,093 charging stations only in Poland when compared to 27,000 in Germany.

Also skeptical is Julia Poliscanova, a Director at the Transport & Environment think tank, she does not believe that polish electric-car project will ever succeed.

Still, she is not completely giving up hope that Poland will "establish itself in the field of future-proof e-mobility," even though "competition will be fierce".

Read the original article "Will the electric-vehicle revolution in Poland stall before it begins?

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