“Astypalea 4.0”: The Dodecanesian Island is Going Green

Part of the environmental memorandum for Astypalea, signed last year by the Greek government and German carmaker Volkswagen, is being implemented.

By Chryssa Liaggou

The Dodecanese island of Astypalea is preparing for the launch of its electric mobility program, titled “Astypalea 4.0,” on June 2 by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and six ministers, along with officials from Volkswagen. This is part of the memorandum of cooperation the German carmaker signed with the Greek government last November for the transformation of Astypalea into a “green” island.


Volkswagen is set to present local authorities with four electric cars and an electric scooter, to be shared by the municipality, the police, the port police and the Civil Aviation Authority. The German giant has already installed chargers for them, plus another six chargers for public use on the 97-square kilometer island.

Mitsotakis is expected to announce enhanced incentives for the replacement of conventional cars on the island with electric vehicles, as well as the start of a tender for the construction of a hybrid energy station that will cover the island’s power needs, and replace Public Power Corporation’s diesel units.

The acquisition of electric cars will be subsidized by 40% up to 12,000 euros, which is twice as much as in the rest of the country.

This article was first published on ekathimerini.com.

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