KGHM and TAURON have launched electric car charging point

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. and TAURON have launched an accessible-to-all electric car charging point. This the first effect of cooperation for the development of electromobility in Poland initiated by the companies in October 2018.

Thursday, 10 January, 2019

The development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure emerges from KGHM’s new approach to environmental solutions. Ecology and electromobility are becoming part of the company’s business strategy adopted by the Management Board for 2019 – 2023.

Launching a stationary electric car charging point is the result of a last year’s agreement between KGHM and TAURON, which assumes cooperation in developing electromobility, car-sharing services (car hire by the minute), building vehicle charging station infrastructure and in joint pro-ecological actions.

In this way, KGHM and TAURON draw on their own resources to develop innovative services for a clean environment in the Copper Basin. Combining the potential of the companies key for the domestic economy means not only building goodwill of the businesses themselves, but in the first place a real advantage for the inhabitants of the region. Ecology and electromobility create a plane of synergy between mining, smelting and power industries. Further, they play a significant role in activity of both companies, and also set directions for their strategic development.

- Handing over the electric vehicle charging station into operation proves that we move from strategy and intention on to actions quickly. We are building a socially responsible corporation investing in ecological solutions. At the same time, we know that demand for copper is going to grow due to the development of RES- and electromobility-related trades. Therefore, we are glad to be an ambassador of such solutions, while at the same time backing the government’s Electromobility Development Scheme – says Marcin Chludziński, President of the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

- Building electric vehicle charging points is the next step in creating an electromobility system at TAURON. Already in December we introduced a car-sharing service along with a basic charging infrastructure for the residents of Katowice. As a target, we want to offer a service of building a charging infrastructure for e-vehicles outside the company. Within the Group the company styled Magenta, specialising in services for electromobility, has already been operating for two years – says Filip Grzegorczyk, President of the Management Board of TAURON Polska Energia.

Copper is an essential and crucial element used in building motors, batteries, inverters, in wiring electric vehicles, but also in their charging stations. Poland is developing electromobility, thereby implementing a climate package adopted by the European Union assuming a reduction in CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions. Vehicles with electric drive do not expel exhaust gases and if they will be charged with electrical energy from renewable energy sources built by KGHM, e.g. photovoltaics farms, this will mean practically no CO2 emission, which will considerably improve air quality in cities and, following from this, their residents’ health.

The rapid charging station at the KGHM Head Office was launched by KGHM Vice President for Production, Radosław Stach, KGHM Vice President for Development, Adam Bugajczuk and Vice President of Magenta, TAURON’s daughter company, Agnieszka Sioła.

The station is located at ul. Marii Skłodowskiej – Curie 48. The station is in the testing and commissioning phase, therefore all users of electric cars may currently use it without charges.