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Volkswagen Group & Greece to Create Model Island for Climate-Neutral Mobility

  • Lighthouse project: Mediterranean island of Astypalea to transition to e-mobility, smart mobility solutions and green power generation
  • Volkswagen and Greece sign memorandum of understanding
  • Prime Minister Mitsotakis: “The ambitious endeavor is the result of a close partnership.”
  • CEO Diess: “Astypalea anticipates zero-emission mobility from the year 2050 already today.”

The Volkswagen Group and Greece have agreed to establish a groundbreaking mobility system on the Mediterranean island of Astypalea. To that end, the current transport system on the island will transition to electric vehicles and renewable power generation. In the long run, Astypalea will become a model island for climate-neutral mobility. A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed in Wolfsburg and Athen today by Konstantinos Fragogiannis, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic Diplomacy and Openness, and Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group. New mobility services such as vehicle sharing or ridesharing will help reduce and optimize traffic. Energy will be primarily generated from local green power sources such as solar and wind. The project initially will run for six years.

Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, said: “Politics, business and society have a common responsibility to limit climate change. Our long-term goal is climate-neutral mobility for everyone. And with the Astypalea project we will explore how to realize that vision already today. E-mobility and smart mobility will improve the quality of life, while contributing to a carbon neutral future.”

 
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