VW and Greece to create model island for sustainable mobility
The Volkswagen Group and the Greek island Astypalea are going to create a trail-blazing mobility system. The existing system will switch to electric vehicles and renewable energy generation. It will transform Astypalea into a model island for climate-neutral mobility. The project will run over a period of six years.
On Wednesday, November 4th, a declaration of intent was signed by Konstantinos Fragogiannis, Junior Minister of Foreign Affairs and Economic Diplomacy, and Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group.
“Companies, politicians, and society have a common responsibility to limit climate change. Our long-term goal is climate-neutral mobility for everyone,” Herbert Diess says. “The Astypalea project will show us how we can already realize this vision today. E-mobility and smart mobility will improve our quality of life and at the same time contribute to a carbon-neutral future.”
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece, is enthusiastic about the project. “Governments are unable to achieve results on their own, and the private sector does not have an answer to every question. This ambitious project is the result of close cooperation between the Greek authorities and the Volkswagen Group.”
The project will provide a completely new state-of-the-art mobility system with shared electric transport. Part of the traditional car rental will be transformed into service for shared e-cars, e-scooters, and e-bikes to reduce the number of cars on the island significantly.
Some 1 500 cars with a traditional internal combustion engine will be replaced by about 1 000 electric vehicles. Also, commercial vehicles and vehicles of the police, emergency service, and public sector, will be electrified. Volkswagen will provide about 230 of its Elli charging points spread over the island.
Astypalea is an island in the southern Aegean Sea. The island has about 1 300 inhabitants and welcomes some 72 000 tourists a year. Public transport is limited to two buses covering only a small part of the island.
Astypalea wants to become the pioneer in sustainable mobility and tourism, and Greece supports this transformation within the context of its national energy and climate plan.