Chinese zero-emission buses come to southwest Poland

Local municipalities in Poland are gradually switching from the old diesel-consuming buses to more eco-friendly options. The small southwestern town of Polkowice is the latest example, replacing a third of its diesel-burning public transport fleet with electric buses from China.

At Polkowice’s bus station, engineers are making the final preparations for a significant event. One team installs the electric fast-charging stations, while others go through the last check of the bus systems – all ahead of the official ceremony of turning over to the city nine new yellow electric buses.

After that, the buses start their journey through the Polkowice streets, a journey that is expected to take them a million miles in years to come. It’s part of a $9 million eco upgrade of this predominantly mining city.

BusNex has become Poland’s official supplier of China’s Yutong buses, which has 15% of the global market.

Mayor Lukasz Puzniecki says the introduction of these China-made buses is just one part of the broader eco-friendly picture promoted in the town. To reduce congestion and pollution, the authorities made public transport free for all and introduced free public bicycles.

These nine electric buses are produced by the Chinese company Yutong. Marcin Kucharski, the CEO of the company’s local partner, BusNex, thinks Poland is thirsty for more of this type of eco-clean public transport.

“The Polish market needs zero-emission buses right now,” he said, “due to the green plan of the EU as well as a national recovery plan. So within the next years, a lot of zero-emission buses will come.”

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