Volkswagen and the Greek government have turned the Astipale Transformation into a sustainable and intelligent island. On Wednesday, Volkswagen delivered its first electric vehicles to the island, including ID.4 electric vehicles, as a zero-emission police car in Greece.
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The nature of mobility throughout the Greek island of Astypalea is part of the 12-year green energy plan of the German automaker for a 12-year $ 12 million green energy plan to convert the entire Greek island of Astypalea into an electric fleet. The event was attended by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess, among others. The event also inaugurated the island’s first public and private charging stations.
This event marks the beginning of Astypalea’s transition to full electrification. In the coming years, the island will move to sustainable and intelligent mobility and will completely modernize its energy system, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding in this regard by Volkswagen and the authorities last November.
“Astypalea will be the future laboratory for decarbonisation in Europe. We will investigate in real time what motivates people to move to e-mobility and what incentives are needed to move on to sustainable living. Studies will help accelerate towards sustainable transformation. Mobility and green energy in Greece , driven by close partnerships between governments and companies, ”Diess said at the event.
The Police Fleet, which currently obtains ID.4 electric vehicles, will increase the number of zero-emission vehicles and replace about 1,500 ICE cars by a third. In addition, there will be 200 electric cars for rent by locals and tourists instead of the island’s bus service.
It has also been announced that subsidies will be offered to all residents of the island who will buy electric vehicles, bicycles and chargers. Sales of ‘zero emission’ models for customers will begin later this month. People can choose between the Volkswagen e-up, ID.3 and ID.4, as well as the eScooter Seat MO. To date, at least 12 EV chargers have been installed across the island. Another 16 will be established soon.
Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis has assured that Greece has a mission to transform its economy and society into Greece 2.0, driving the “green” Revolution and taking advantage of the latest digital technologies.
“Astipalea will be a test for a‘ green ’transition: energy autonomy, which is nourished by nature itself. This beautiful island is the main pillar of the transition and I am very grateful to the local community for their continued support of this project, ”they said.
As part of the project, the island’s energy system will be switched to renewable energy in two phases: between now and 2023, a new solar park will provide about 3 megawatts of “green” energy, which will cover 100% of the electricity needed to charge. electric vehicles and more than 50% of the demand for the entire island.
By 2026, a new energy system will be deployed to cover 80% of total energy demand. In addition, the battery storage system will help balance the power grid and make full use of the solar park.
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