In Poland, you can find an increasing number of charging stations for electric cars. This is mainly due to the introduction of the Electromobility Act, which aims to accelerate the development of the zero- and low-emission transport sector. The European Union strives to have more and more electric cars on the roads, so more and more people decide to buy them and give up driving a combustion car. In this post, we will introduce several different operators with charging stations, and also tell you how to find them quickly and easily.
How many kilometers can an electric car travel?
The range of an electric car on a single charge depends on many factors, such as battery capacity, energy efficiency of the car, driving style, weather conditions and topography. Modern electric cars have an increasing scale of range thanks to technological advances in the field of batteries.
Typical electric cars available on the market allow you to drive between 200 and 500 kilometers on a single full charge. There are also models that offer a range of more than 500 kilometers. Examples of such models are Skoda Enyaq Sportline iV, Tesla Model X, Mercedes Benz EQS, BMW i4, Tesla Model S, BMW iX, Mercedes-Benz EQE, Tesla Model 3, Audi Q8 e-tron, Volkswagen ID.3, Hyundai Kona Electric or the Ford Mustang Mach-E
However, it is worth noting that the range of electric cars may vary depending on road conditions. For example, driving in severe conditions such as strong winds, cold temperatures or driving on hilly terrain can increase the energy consumption of the vehicle. In addition, driving fast on the motorway may consume more energy and shorten the range.
Where to look for a charger in Poland?
There are already a lot of fast chargers for electric cars in Poland. Their number, however, is constantly growing, so we will list only those that are currently the most popular.
Tesla Supercharger offers fast charging for Tesla cars. The stations are located in various parts of Poland, in cities such as Warsaw, Kraków, Nowa Wieś, Radom, Poznań, Lublin and Katowice.
GreenWay is one of the largest charging networks in south-eastern Poland. They have many points located in cities and on main communication routes. They can be found e.g. in Rzeszów, Nisko, Tarnów, Stalowa Wola, Sandomierz and Krosno.
ENEA is another network with different types of chargers and they are developing their network in different parts of the country. Enea electric vehicle charging points are located, for example, in Poznań and Szczecin.
Elocity is a modern network that is constantly expanding. Therefore, it can be found in many Polish cities, such as Częstochowa, Białobrzegi, Białystok, Biłgoraj, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Jelenia Góra, Karpacz, Kielce, Łódź, Opole and Poznań.
Orlen is one of the largest chains of gas stations in Poland, which is why it could not miss electric vehicle chargers. Individual points are located both in cities and along national roads and motorways. They can be used in the vicinity of such cities as Kraków, Częstochowa, Rybnik, Opole, Zakopane, Wrocław, Poznań, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Szczecin, Koszalin, Gdynia, Bydgoszcz, Białystok, Warsaw, Siedlce, Mrągowo, Radom, Lublin and Rzeszów.
Many Polish cities, such as Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk or Poznan, offer public charging stations in city car parks. In some shopping centers you can also find chargers for electric cars. Some vehicle inspection stations and car washes also charge electric cars.
What should I do if I am driving an electric car and there is no charger on my route?
Before setting off on a journey by electric car, it is worth planning the route carefully, taking into account the availability of charging stations and how many kilometers one charge is enough for us. Publicly available online tools that indicate the locations of charging stations are helpful when planning a trip. Before setting off, e.g. on a holiday trip, especially on longer routes, it is better to check which charging station is located at the optimal points along the route.
If, despite careful planning of the trip, we notice during the drive that there is not enough energy for the vehicle to reach the nearest charging point, we can try to extend the range of the car. To do this, reduce your speed, avoid accelerating and braking sharply, and use the regenerative braking function.
The last resort may be to connect the car to the home socket, i.e. to ask the inhabitants of the nearest town to lend or sell electricity. With a bit of luck, you can meet very kind people and after a while continue your journey in an electric car.
Undoubtedly, when traveling by electric vehicle, it is worth using available mobile applications, websites and maps that allow you to search for charging stations, providing current information about the location, available types of connectors and charging fees. An example of such a website is https://mapaladowania.pl/, where, apart from a map of charging points, you can find specific charger operators and a lot of useful advice.