Coal-reliant Poland’s e-car push clouded by EU emissions row

Channel NewsAsia | Nov 8, 2019 at 1:31 PM
  • Poland is betting on electric batteries to turbocharge its economy, but its dependency on coal could challenge its strategy as the EU seeks to champion European manufacturers that promote clean energy.
  • Next year, China’s Zhangijiagan Guotai-Hurang New Chemical Materials and German car giant Mercedes plan to open battery plants in Poland, while European battery material makers Umicore and Johnson Matthey have also announced plans to set up there.
  • Europe’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen plans to open a battery plant in a joint venture with Sweden’s Northvolt AB in Salzgitter, Germany next year, while France and Germany have sought EU Commission approval for a battery cell consortium including carmaker PSA , its German subsidiary Opel and French battery maker Saft.