Volkswagen to Rid Greek Island of ICE Cars

The automaker will make Astypalaia a "smart green island".

Volkswagen will rid Astypalaia (Greece) of vehicles with internal combustion engines. In the next 6 years, ICE cars and motorcycles will be replaced with electric vehicles and electric bikes, and all electric transport will be recharged from renewable energy sources.

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Volkswagen has agreed with the Greek government a program for the development of the “green” island. The parties will invest €10 million each in battery-powered transport, infrastructure, and power plants that use solar and wind energy.

Currently, the Greek island of Astypalaia located in the South-Eastern part of the Aegean Sea is home to about 1,300 people. The area of the island is 100 sq km. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 70,000 tourists visited the Greek resort every year. The Astypalaia fleet consists of 1,500 vehicles: motorcycles and scooters, private cars, as well as public service vehicles.

Volkswagen plans to electrify all transport by 2023. Emergency medical cars, police and fire service vehicles, as well as the only bus route, will be switched to electric traction. Rental companies and participants will be provided with subsidies for the purchase of the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4, as well as SEAT electric motorcycles and scooters.

The problem of lack of chargers will be solved by building 230 Elli electric stations. As part of the smart green island experiment, the Astypalaia fleet is planned to be reduced by 1.5 times to 1,000 vehicles.

Volkswagen intends to show residents the advantages of individual mobility vehicles and stimulate the development of EV rental services. The full transition to a carbon-neutral transport system is planned to be completed by 2026.

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