Even more than 1,000 eco-friendly new generation buses can hit the streets of Polish cities by 2023. The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), an executive agency of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, announced the order under the Zero-Emission Public Transport programme.
Announced by Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Science and Higher Education in January 2017, this NCBR programme is a component of activities under the government Strategy for Responsible Development in the scope of zero- and low-emission vehicles. NCBR applies a novel formula of innovative partnership. This is a mode under the Public Procurement Act, whereby the state acts as an intelligent contracting authority, thus creating a new market for innovative products.
The research phase, financed by NCBR with EU funds, will be followed by the implementation phase, where vehicles developed will be delivered to Polish cities that are co-contracting authorities in the tender. The delivery of vehicles is also possible thanks to co-financing from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW), which on the basis of an agreement signed with NCBR on 29 December 2017 will allocate PLN 2.2 billion for this purpose.