Infrastructure / Innovations 20 February, 2018 11:00 am   
COMMENTS: Jadwiga Emilewicz

Emilewicz: Poland is becoming a leader of electromobility

“We are trying to open the door” as the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, so that Poland will take part in the entire race, which takes place in the area of ​​transport. “We are opening this year’s European Industry Week.” Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz began her speech inaugurating the conference “We drive the Polish future”.

She shared her reflections on how to “make the industry in Poland grow. What should happen if Europe is not left behind in production? She recalled that two years ago Poland “gave tone” and started a dialogue on electromobility. She also said that “it is not a coincidence that the Polish minister talked with German and French about the future of the battery market last week in Brussels”. Emilewicz said that the discussion about the place of Poland on the battery market is important for many reasons.

There is no turning back from electromobility

The production of batteries for the needs of electromobility may be an opportunity for Polish companies, thanks to the support of industry, new business models will be able to develop. Jadwiga Emilewicz said that “today we do not ask if, but how”, in her opinion, there is no turning back from electromobility. She added that the global trend responds to the needs related to safety and health. She mentioned that this is related to scandals that have exploded in the automotive industry in recent years. – 12 percent of revenues in Poland come from the automotive sector. We are the eighth automotive manufacturer in Europe – the minister reminded. – The coming years are three large investments in the automotive and battery sector – she added. According to Jadwiga Emilewicz, electromobility is not only driving the driver to change the car, but above all it is a change in lifestyle. – In this ministry we also deal with smog issues, if we are talking about an electric car, we also talk about improving the quality of life of urban residents. In cities such as Warsaw, where transport is responsible for the quality of air, electromobility is of great importance. I hope that today’s discussion will give administrations hints on how we should act. We are waiting for recommendations. We hope that the changes we have proposed in the e-bus program (over 50 signed letters of intent with cities, a signed agreement with NCBR (National Center for Research and Development), over PLN 2 billion for research and development)) will contribute to the development of the entire sector. ”

Poland is becoming a leader

Finally, she added that “industry’s willingness to change is important.” – I hope that I leave you convinced that Poland is becoming the leader of electromobility “said the minister. Presentation of the report “We Drive the Polish Future” gathered in Warsaw specialists in the field of electric vehicle storage, representatives of automotive concerns, politicians and local government officials. The report focuses on the impact of electromobility on the Polish economy in the perspective of 2050. Cambride Econometrics is responsible for the merits, the project is coordinated by the Foundation for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles, headed by the former Minister of the Environment, Marcin Korolec.