Volkswagen has chosen the fascinating Greek island of Astypalea for a “live” experimentation of the solutions and possible problems of the transition to 100% electric mobility. Following an agreement between the Greek government and the Wolfsburg Group, only electric vehicles supplied by Volkswagen will circulate on the island’s roads. At the moment, the experimentation with the ID.3 as police cars has started, which will be followed by sales to private customers and companies. The next step will be the new mobility services: fully electric car sharing and ride sharing (also with Bev) which are currently under development. Astypalea will be a future laboratory for decarbonization in Europe – commented the CEO of Volkswagen, Herbert Diess – and we will evaluate in real time what can motivate people to switch to electric mobility, what incentives are needed to make them choose a sustainable lifestyle. The lessons will help accelerate the transformation towards sustainable mobility and green energy in Greece and beyond.
Around the world, climate protection is gaining enormous popularity. Volkswagen led this change, offering the full range of sustainable mobility, from cars, to recharging, to sustainable energy solutions. Astypalea can become a model for rapid transformation, fostered by the close collaboration of governments and businesses. Astypalea currently powered almost exclusively by diesel generators, which produce around 5,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year. But the Greek government has announced that the energy will come mainly from solar energy: by 2023 a field of panels with a power of 3 megawatts will be installed. It will provide us with green energy for 100% of electric cars and up to 60% of the entire island. The new energy system also includes a buffer battery with a storage capacity of 7 megawatt hours (MWh), which will allow balancing the grid and optimally exploiting solar energy. In the second phase, the share of renewable energy will be further extended by 2026 and will cover more than 80% of electricity needs.