A German-Polish partnership has got the first charging point for electric vehicles in Poland up and running. This EU-funded research project between the German integrated energy company RWE, the Polish group Green Stream Polska and the City of Warsaw targets the launching of 130 charging points by June 2010.
The project partners also seek to develop a functional and user-friendly system that would effectively fuel electric mobility in the Polish capital of Warsaw. Under the pilot programme, which is based on the international experience of the partners in this area, the City Hall of Warsaw will receive five electric cars. The work involved in this research will also be used to expand the network in the future.
'We are very glad to be able to use our experience gathered so far in our collaboration for the first such project in Poland. RWE is committed to the development of sustainable technologies and renewable energy,' said RWE Polska chief executive Filip Thon.
'Therefore, electric cars charged with renewable energy (wind power, photovoltaic) sources are part of our vision of the future,' he added. 'This project is also a showcase of collaboration between the private sector, local authorities and the European Union. This is an invaluable experience and a great pleasure for us.'
For her part, Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said: 'We are aware that transportation is one of the primary sources of threats to the climate. Therefore we do not hesitate to invest in replacement of the rolling stock with a greener one. We also gladly join initiatives promoting environment-friendly means of transport.
'I am glad that Warsaw is the first city in Poland to join the European leaders, Paris, London or Berlin, where similar charging points are available to their residents.'
Meanwhile, in cooperation with the German carmaker Daimler and the German government, RWE initiated the 'e-mobility Berlin' electric vehicle operation plan in 2008. RWE is installing 500 charging points for electric vehicles in Berlin.
Performance of existing electric vehicles is strong when compared to the performance of conventional vehicles. Notwithstanding this, they are friendlier to the environment. Noise pollution is nearly non-existent and they do not wreak havoc on the atmosphere. Experts also note how electric cars are less expensive to run than combustion-powered vehicles. In Poland, it costs around PLN 3 (EUR 0.73) to drive an electric vehicle for 100 kilometres, while the cost jumps up to PLN 40 (EUR 9.70) for a conventional car.