VW Set to Electrify Greek Island    

The electrification of idyllic Greek island Astypalea by VW is going full steam ahead.

VW has delivered the first electric cars to private customers on the island, marking the expansion of the e-fleet on Astypalea where the local authorities have been using electric vehicles already since last year.

The Smart & Sustainable Island project is a joint initiative of the Volkswagen Group and the Hellenic Republic. In the coming years, Astypalea will be converted into an island where the mobility will be smart and sustainable, and the energy system will be completely renewed.

Thanos Papagiannis, the first ID.3 customer on Astypalea, is a firm advocate of e-mobility. His new electric vehicle replaces a Volkswagen Golf 3: “E- mobility is a perfect match for Astypalea. The distances here are short, the power consumption is low, and the charging network is now very well developed. I really hope that Astypalea will inspire other regions to increase their efforts for climate protection adopting e-mobility solutions. “

Maik Stephan, Head of Business Development of Volkswagen Group and Project Manager, emphasizes: “Astypalea is a laboratory for the mobility of the future. The island is experiencing the same change as any other region in Europe, only in a much shorter time. With the first private customers driving electric now, word will quickly get around how fascinating e-mobility is.”