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A Greek island with 100% Volkswagen electric vehicles

The Greek island of Astypalea will gradually convert entirely to electric vehicles within 6 years!

It is a beautiful project that is emerging in Greece. The small island of Astypalea will undergo a profound reorganization in favor of a greener mobility !

A fleet of 100% electric vehicles

It is a project that deserves to be talked about. The small island territory of 100 km², the island of Astypalea, sees its car fleet transform.

The current fleet of 1,500 thermal vehicles will gradually evolve and be replaced by nearly 1,000 electric cars and utility vehicles! The island will thus receive an entirely new transport system, with e-cars, buses and scooters, e-bikes or even carpooling in electric vehicles.

To do so, the city relies on wind sources and solar energy to run this future fleet. A wise way to eliminate fossil products.

Likewise, several rental brands will also transform their activity into a shared car, scooter and bicycle service.

A solar park to provide electricity

The Greek government will support residents in their purchases of non-polluting vehicles with bonuses up to 12,000 euros.

A new solar park must also be built on the island by 2023. The idea is to provide around three megawatts of green electricity. Sufficient to cover the entire demand and needs of this e-mobility. Better still, this new park should ensure, at the same time, more than half of the island’s needs.

Until now, Astypalea’s electricity has been produced using diesel engines… For an island with only around 1,300 inhabitants.

Volkswagen in action

For this project, it is Volkswagen which holds the levers with its fleet of electric vehicles. The first compacts ID.3 have already arrived on the island of Astypalea.

The SUV ID.4 and the next models of this electric fleet should follow. Thanks to the help of the subsidiary Elli, the German manufacturer will set up nearly 230 charging points on site. These will – of course – be powered by energy from wind and solar sources.

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