Poland's first electric car plant will be built in the city of Jaworzno in the south of the country. The groundbreaking ceremony for the factory is scheduled to take place next year, with production starting in 2024. In July, ElectroMobility Poland (EMP) had presented two prototypes of the electric cars to be produced.
In the run-up to the decision, EMP had analysed around 30 locations in Poland for their suitability. With a letter of intent now signed by Environment Minister Michał Kurtyka, representatives of ElectroMobility Poland and authorities at local and regional level, the factory construction will now be targeted in Jaworzno. "This decision and the government's financial support for the project mean that the investment can begin as early as autumn 2021," EMP announced in a press release.
According to the initiators, the original target of starting production in 2023 cannot be met. Instead, the assembly lines in Jaworzno should start rolling in 2024. There are no details yet on the planned production capacities, but around 15,000 jobs are announced, 3,000 of which will be at the plant itself and 12,000 at suppliers and subcontractors.
ElectroMobility Poland is owned by the state-owned energy groups PGE, Tauron, Enea and Energa. The company is also acting as the developer of the Izera, Poland's future electric car, which - according to the presentation of the first two prototypes - is to be based as far as possible on components from Polish suppliers. However, this will probably only be possible to a limited extent. For example, the integration of components goes back to the German company EDAG. In addition, the vehicle will use the existing electric car platform of an as yet unnamed manufacturer.
The data on the Izera are still limited. At the presentation in the summer, EMP announced two battery variants with 40 and 60 kWh. The car should be able to charge to 80 percent in 30 minutes at an appropriate fast charging station, the manufacturer gives the expected range of 400 kilometers. Prototypes of a compact car and an SUV were shown.reuters.com, thefirstnews.com, electromobilitypoland.pl (in Polish)