The Volkswagen ID.4 is the cleanest police car in Greece


 

The electric SUV becomes the first 100% electric patrol car in Greece. Many people may not know the Greek island of Astypalea, but this small region aims to become a dream island for all those who love electric vehicles and green energy. Volkswagen and the Government of Greece reached an agreement to transform this territory with the aim of creating a climate-neutral mobility model that serves as an example for the rest of the planet. Now, the first emission-free cars have just arrived.


Greece's first 100% electric patrol vehicle


To mark the official start of the transformation, the highest representative of Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, and the prime minister of the country, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, visited Astypalea, but they did not do it alone since next to them were the first units of the first car of Electric police in Greece: the Volkswagen ID.4. The electric SUV will be the new service vehicle for the local police, although other copies will also be available to both the airport authorities and members of the island's administration.


We say this because the fleet is made up of electric cars, such as the Volkswagen e-Up, ID.3 and ID.4, as well as two Seat Mó eScooters. All of them will be accompanied by new copies that will progressively arrive on the island and sales to private and commercial clients will begin at the end of this month. The next step in the transformation we are referring to will be the new mobility services, that is, the fully electric car-sharing service and the car-sharing service, which are currently under development.


Astypalea will be a future decarbonization laboratory in Europe. We will investigate in real-time what motivates people to switch to electric mobility and what incentives are needed to make the transition to a sustainable lifestyle. The apprenticeships will help accelerate the transformation towards sustainable mobility and green energy in Greece. Around the world, climate protection is gaining ground. Volkswagen has been driving this change, offering the full range of sustainable mobility, from cars to charging and sustainable energy solutions. Astypalea can become a model for rapid transformation, driven by close collaboration between governments and businesses, says Diess.


Green energy


The changes introduced on the island also affect energy sources since it is intended to obtain electricity in a renewable way. Currently, Astypalea's energy is supplied almost exclusively by diesel generators, responsible for producing almost 5,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year. However, in the future it will be different as the main source of energy will be solar. In a first step, a solar field with a power of 3 megawatts will be installed by 2023, which will supply 100% of the electric cars and up to 60% of the entire island, as well as a backup battery with a storage capacity of 7 MWh. In a second step, the share of renewable energy will be extended even further by 2026 and will cover more than 80% of electricity needs.

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