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Over the next five years, through the partnership with Volkswagen, Astypalea will be transformed into a smart, sustainable island.

09 Jun 2021 | International News : Greece


The picturesque Greek island of Astypalea is on course to become a smart, sustainable island. The first electric vehicles, including the first fully electric police car in Greece, were taken into service in a ceremony attended by Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess.

In the coming years, the island wants to switch to smart sustainable mobility and completely modernise its energy system. Volkswagen and the Greek government signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect last November.

The first electric vehicles are being used by the island's police
The first electric vehicles are being used by the police and the island's municipality, and residents of the island will get to choose from Volkswagen's electrified lineup, including the award-winning Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4.

The Greek government also announced their plans for the transition to green energy. The energy system will gradually shift towards renewables, such that by 2026, the new energy system will meet more than 80% of the total energy demand.

Over the next five years, through the partnership with Volkswagen, Astypalea will be transformed into a smart, sustainable island. The overall goal is to reduce the number of vehicles on the island by about one third while simultaneously improving mobility.

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