Developing a transnational network of hydrogen refuelling stations for trucks

Polish government presented new funding scheme for BEV- and FCEV trucks

23 February 2024
HyTruck partner PSPA organised first pilot workshop, discussing current developments on HRS deployment in Poland with representatives of car manufacturers, HRS developers, polish government and Europen Commission.
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On January 31, the first workshop devoted to the implementation of the HyTruck pilot project in Poland, organised by Polish Association for Alternative Fuels was held.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the European Commission, Polish public administration, vehicle manufacturers, carriers and key customers decarbonising the truck fleet in Poland.

The workshop discussed the concept of the planned development of a network of hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) adapted for heavy goods vehicles along key communication routes in Poland. Great emphasis was placed on the necessary legislative changes that would support the development of infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles and enable the free and dynamic development of this market.

Representatives of the Ministry of Climate and Environment presented the support program for the purchase of electric trucks published a week earlier. This is a long-awaited initiative that is crucial to maintaining the competitiveness of the Polish transport industry, which is responsible for transporting 1/5 of all EU transport and the largest fleet of trucks.

The amount of subsidies will depend on the size of the enterprise applying for support and the category of the subsidized vechicle. In the case of purchase, it will be up to 30% of eligible costs (large enterprises), up to 50% (medium-sized enterprises) and up to 60% (small enterprises). At the same time, the amount of subsidy for purchase will not exceed 400,000 PLN (category N2) or 750,000 PLN (category N3). If the beneficiary decides to lease, the amount of the subsidy cannot exceed the initial fee.

Special guest Ms. Ewa Ptaszyńska, Deputy Head of Unit at European Commission, DG MOVE also presented the current status of activities regarding the revision of the weights and dimensions directive, which provides for very valuable additional privileges for zero-emission trucks in the form of increased total weight and the possibility of increasing the dimensions of transport sets.

On February 14, 2024, the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) of the European Parliament accepted the discussed proposal to amend the directive. The new regulations are an important aspect of activities related to the HyTruck project and the popularization of zero-emission technologies in the heavy transport sector, providing a direct incentive to invest in zero-emission trucks.