The Greek government and the Volkswagen Group have agreed to establish a groundbreaking mobility system on Astypalea island. 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 Athens 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 will help reduce and optimize traffic. Energy will be primarily generated from local green power sources such as solar and wind. At the center of the project is an entirely new, cutting-edge transport system with digital mobility  services, including an all-electric year-round ridesharing service designed to take the current very limited local bus service to a new level. The project initially will run for six years.