The Volkswagen Group and Greece have agreed to establish a carbon-neutral mobility system on the Mediterranean island of Astypalea.
The “model island” will see its local bus service transformed into a new all-electric year-round ridesharing service. Meanwhile, the island’s traditional vehicle rental business will also be transformed into a vehicle sharing service.
The plan will utilise e-scooters from Volkswagen Group’s Seat brand, in addition to electric cars. In total, some 1000 electric vehicles shall replace about 1500 vehicles with internal combustion engines.
Commercial vehicles from local businesses as well as utility vehicles on the island – such as police and other emergency vehicles – will also be electrified.
Volkswagen will also install its Elli chargers across the island to ensure a comprehensive charging infrastructure, offering about 230 private and several public charging points.
Energy for the electric vehicles will be primarily generated from solar and wind. The project will initially run for six years.