Author: Jacek Fior

Electric Vehicle Charging In Poland Taking Another Big Step Forward

CleanTechnica readers may think there is a strong Polish lobby here, as news from Poland keeps popping up more and more, and you are somehow right. There is a growing number of people here who care and get involved in various ecological activities. Plus, we are lucky, as our current government chose e-mobility to be one of its flagship projects (and trust me, I am very careful in praising any government). Therefore, after I wrote about the dark side of Polish energy policy, I could start reporting brighter stories, as even other writers are doing so.

Epic Energy Usage In Our Tesla Model S In Albania

Here we come with the final stage of our CleanTechnica Tesla Shuttle Adventure. Our previous entries attracted a lot of attention in the countries we visited and the photo of the Polish tourist in Macedonia was a Twitter hit. We also received emails from concerned EV enthusiasts from Hungary, who were sorry to hear  about our difficulties in Debrecen.

Tesla Wanders Dracula’s Castle, Monasteries, Transfagarasan Road, & Kaufland Parking Lots

As we are receiving regular reports from Tomek and his fellow travelers, we can now put together a few stories from the first couple of days on the road with the Tesla. The most important news is there’s no real news — the first day driving through Poland was simply smooth and easy. There are two reasons behind this: Tesla’s range and GreenWay infrastructure. As Zach was already pointing out in the opening article, GreenWay has done a good job developing a network of fast chargers in Poland and Slovakia. It may still be challenging in a Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe to get from charging point to charging point, but not so in a Tesla.

Cleantech Is Exciting!

If you ask people today if cleantech is exciting, they will most likely not care or, if part of our cleantech bubble community, they will say “yes” and start shouting out “Musk, Tesla, SpaceX, Mars, Musk, Tesla … (yeah, I know SpaceX is for space travel not cleantech, but you know, Elon, Tesla, Musk, SpaceX…). The trouble is, Elon Musk has no rivals. I mean, business-wise, there is a long list of competitors, but in terms of popularity, he seems somehow unchallenged. Rivalries have always inspired rivals themselves, but also the watchers, the ones who supported one or the other, and I am talking about it in the positive sense of urging people to do more, do better, or just do.

EV Adventurers Come From Poland Too

Electric vehicle enthusiasts join various races, challenges, and events all over the world. They are great ways to publicize electric vehicles (EVs). Ever since Poland joined the rEVolution, there have been many such efforts, big and small — including Tesla Shuttle and CleanTechnica’s attempt at a single-charge driving distance record (which we couldn’t set) and our upcoming exploration through 12 Central and Eastern European countries.

Fortum Charge & Drive’s Brilliant Plugsurfing Acquisition (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

I wonder if you remember your first EV charging experiences. For me, it all started with a Renault Zoe some time ago, and that still remains one of my best EV memories (regardless of driving Tesla models later on, this was a “first love” kind of thing 🙂 ). I charged it at home every night as I drove it around like crazy, and one day I was travelling a longer distance and planned to charge in the city of Wrocław (Poland). Well, I must be honest, I actually didn’t plan at all and only knew there were chargers in the city. Oh, was I naive!

300 Electric Buses Make No News In Poland

Poland is quite far from being a leader in the rEVolution and we normally get overly excited when things, even small ones, move in the right direction — EV enthusiasts go as far as to celebrate openings of EV charging stations!

So much the more, I was amazed to learn that one of the Polish metropolises, Katowice, is planning to purchase 300 electric buses and very little is said about it in the press or social media.

Is Coal A Patriotic Issue?

This is a voice from behind the Iron Curtain … again! It may sound like history is playing a joke on us here in Poland, but the truth is we are being pushed behind an invisible barrier separating us from a more sustainable West. There is no wall anymore (we’re lagging behind the USA a bit in that matter 😉 ) but a brief look at any interactive map of air quality/pollution will quickly reveal our place in Europe — 33 out of the 50 dirtiest cities in Europe are in Poland. And yet, if you ask a person in the street, you would be surprised how much people still value coal and revere miners. What a paradox!