Volkswagen is helping to fully electrify a Greek island – Explica .co
Astypalea is a small Greek island that’s just under 96 square kilometers. Around 1,300 inhabitants live on its 18 kilometers long and 13 kilometers wide. Due to its properties, it is the perfect setting to start a decarbonization process that can later be used as an example in other places on a larger scale. Volkswagen is helping with electrification entirely with his experience in this area and with his electric vehicles.
The German manufacturer has announced its intention to transform Astypalea into a laboratory that can be used to study people in real time adapts to electromobility and the incentives needed for a sustainable transition. Volkswagen signed a memorandum of understanding with the Greek government in November, and the first steps are underway. The brand’s CEO, HerbertThis, met there with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragkogiannis.
The first electric cars have been delivered and are used by the police, airport authorities and the island’s town hall. It should be noted that the Volkswagen ID.4 for the first electric police car all over Greece. At the end of the month, sales to private individuals will begin, who can choose between models such as the Volkswagen e-up !, the Volkswagen ID.3, the ID.4 already mentioned or the SEAT M electric eScooter. You benefit from attractive scholarships so that your purchase is economically interesting.
Then Volkswagen also starts other mobility services on the island, such as car pooling and car pooling. Other measures are also required to make the entire Astypalea energy system renewable. For 2023 a Solar park with 3 MW Green electricity, enough to charge all electric cars and provide more than 50% of the island’s total electricity needs. It is to be expanded to 80% of the demand by 2026. In this way, they will be able to reduce CO2 emissions and also lower the energy costs that diesel-powered generators currently have.
To analyze this decarbonization of the island an academic degree is being undertaken who oversees the entire process. Scientists from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and the University of the Aegean (Greece) also come together. You will be responsible for analyzing the reception by the residents of Astypalaia through surveys and publish the results so that other regions can learn from them.