In the southern Aegean, it feels like time passes by more slowly. This is also true on the island of Astypalaia, which is known as the “butterfly of the Aegean” because of its shape. Hilly with pebble beaches. The predominantly waist-height vegetation turns green in spring and dries out to a shade of brown in summer. Astypalaia is off the beaten track, even compared to other islands: The ferry crossing from Piraeus takes around 10 hours. It is on this island that Volkswagen and the Greek state have started a pilot project: Transformation into a smart, sustainable electric island. Electric cars like the ID.3 and ID.4, electric scooters from the Seat Mó brand, electric bicycles and a zero-emission local transport system all aim to decarbonise island traffic.
Greek police are testing their new ID.4
Volkswagen and the Greek state are transforming the Aegean island of Astypalaia into a sustainable electric island. Here’s how Astypalaia’s civil servants are finding the first few days with their new ID.4 official cars.