Medcom joined the cluster supporting the development of electromobility

On 28 November 2016, together with a group of Polish companies and higher education institutions, MEDCOM signed a letter of intent on the creation of a cluster for the development of electromobility. Solaris is the initiator and leader of the undertaking.

The purpose of the cluster, called “The Polish Electric Bus – a Supply Chain for Electromobility”, is cooperation for the development of e-mobility, in particular of electric buses and components used to build them, based on technical solutions developed in Poland.

Joint development work will include the development of a dedicated city bus structure for electric vehicles, energy management in order to improve the operability of electric vehicles, improvement of the technical parameters of electric drives and energy storage, development of innovative methods of battery charging, and development of new standards in the area of educating engineers on e-mobility. The total value of the research and development projects to be carried out by all of the members of the cluster exceeds PLN 100 million.

Piotr Wroński, Vice-President of the Board at MEDCOM

 I am convinced that the development of the Polish electric bus, which could also become a Polish export commodity, is possible and it is worth trying to face up to this challenge. Especially that we do have the appropriate resources and support from the government. MEDCOM already has its own technology and proprietary solutions for eBuses used by vehicle manufacturers all over the world. We are able to meet the demand of the Polish market in terms of production – particularly in terms of the production of drive systems and vehicle charging devices. We have the knowledge, state-of-the-art research and development and production facilities, and we can guarantee support at almost every stage of the construction process of the Polish electric bus. Electromobility and modern public transport involve not only benefits for Polish manufacturers, but also a chance to increase innovation of the entire Polish economy and improve the quality of life of Poland’s citizens. Close cooperation within the cluster will make it possible to definitely speed up this process.

dr inż. Dariusz Michalak, Vice-President of the Board at Solaris

We have been operating in the area of electromobility since 2001, when we started manufacturing trolleybuses. Then came the time for hybrid buses and finally, in 2011, we presented the first Polish battery bus. Today, we are one of the most technologically advanced companies in this sector in Europe. We see huge potential for further development in this area and we want to raise electromobility in the public transport in Poland and Europe to an even higher level. This is why we decided to establish close cooperation with our country’s best companies in the area. I am convinced that it will make it possible for us to achieve the effect of synergy and further competitive advantage not only in the domestic, but also the global market.

Apart from the Solaris company, which is the project’s initiator, and MEDCOM, companies such as EC Grupa, Ekoenergetyka Polska, Impact Clean Power Technology, Komel, SKB Drive Tech, and higher education institutions including the AGH University of Science and Technology, the Poznań University of Technology, and the Warsaw University of Technology have joined the cluster.


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