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Volkswagen electrifies the Greek island of Astypalea

Volkswagen choose the Greek island Astypalea to plug it in and give life to one of the cutting-edge electric mobility projects.

Volkswagen hits the plug on the Greek island of Astypalea, press office sourceVolkswagen hits the plug on the Greek island of Astypalea, press office source

Since November 4, 2020, since the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Athens and Wolfsburg. Precisely, between Konstantinos Fragogiannis, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, the project in all respects is now reality.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but as we have been able to see and test the services, Astypalea is a virtuous model of electric mobility.

Furthermore, the energy will mainly be produced from local green energy sources, such as solar systems. The project will last six years, based on the initial design.

Volkswagen revolutionizes the island of Astypalaia with electricity

Reduce the emissions Of carbondemonstrate that the electric is the ally of mobility of the future.

Above all, having an open-air laboratory where you can experiment with a virtuous project, like an island of Dodecanese: priceless.

Il Volkswagen Groupin collaboration with the Greek government not local authorities of Astypaleashows how electrified mobility is possible and makes everyday life livable.

Mobility services: Astybus and astyGo

The means available are 100% electric. Once on the island of Astypalea just download the app on your smartphone AstyMOVE. It is available on the Android and iOS stores.

There are two mobility services available: the vehicle-sharing astyGo and the ride-sharing AstyBus

Volkswagen hits the plug on the Greek island of Astypalea, press office sourceVolkswagen hits the plug on the Greek island of Astypalea, press office source

The collaboration between the authorities of the island and Volkswagen has indeed led to the introduction of two mobility services: il ASTYBUS ride-sharing service and the astyGO vehicle sharing servicewho use 100% electric vehicles.

To this we add thepublic charging infrastructure. Through a special subsidy scheme for private and business customers and the electrification of local authority vehicles, such as police or airport vehicles. The number of electric vehicles on the island has thus rapidly increased from 0 to 84.

How both services work

L’ASTYBUS it was designed by VW as a replacement service for the traditional bus route, which provided limited local transport. Unlike the traditional bus line, ASTYBUS runs all year round: depending on the season, up to five vehicles are used.

While astyGOthe more than 1,300 inhabitants of the island can use it to rent Volkswagen EV, e-scooters A BIGGER shot e Ducati electric bicycles.

Maik StephanHead of Business Development at the Volkswagen Group, says many of the changes implemented through the Astypalea project will be implemented in other regions of Europe and that although people were initially skeptical of the initiatives, skepticism soon turned into big approvaldemonstrating that rapid transformation is possible if all parties involved, including businesses and politicians, work together efficiently.

While, a scientific study has shown that 80% of people on Astypalea have a positive view of electric mobility and mobility serviceswith a strong improvement compared to the first study carried out in 2021. In the case of ASTYBUS, 97% of respondents approve of the service, especially when it comes to prices, which are very low.

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