Athens: E-vehicles to Move Freely in New Pedestrian-Friendly Network

In an effort to promote eco-friendly modes of transport, the municipality of Athens will allow electric vehicles to continue move freely downtown.

By Eva Karamanoli

The Municipality of Athens has given the green light for electric vehicles, cars and scooters to enter the planned pedestrianized networks in the so-called Commercial Triangle of Athens and the iconic area of Plaka, where the use of conventional cars will be prohibited – with exceptions.

“We want to encourage e-mobility, and in the areas where there will be traffic regulations and the circulation of private cars will be prohibited, the use of electric vehicles will be allowed,” Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis told a parliamentary committee on environmental protection on Friday, referring to the project which is scheduled to begin in pilot form this month and dubbed the Great Walk.

Bakoyannis added that 30 vehicle-charging stations are already being prepared, while the intention is for parking for electric vehicles to be free.

Overall, the plan is the most extensive intervention in the capital since the end of the last decade.

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