Those who want to be the first to use the highly anticipated VW ID. Buzz should book tickets at Astypalea, on the Greek island, where it will be available for rideshare.
Both new mobility services were launched yesterday with VW CEO Herbert Dice and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in attendance at the opening ceremony. At that time a couple of colorful IDs. Buzzs were sent to the island for presentations and photoshoots, the ASTYBUS service temporarily working with the ID.4 model until the minibus was properly launched in the fall of 2022. Five electric buses will be in service, which will allow locals and tourists to try.
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In addition, the “astyGO” vehicle sharing program gives access to a selection of VW Group electric models, including e-up !, SEAT MÓ e-scooters or Ducati e-bikes through the astyMOVE application.
Last but not least, Volkswagen deployed an electric ambulance and an electric taxi, joining the ID.4 fleet that was delivered to police, coast guard, airport authorities and the municipality last year. Remember, last April VW started delivering privately owned EVs to islanders who get a special discount when they do business with their vehicles.
A sustainable island
In a survey conducted last year, more than 65 percent of Astypalea residents said they would be willing to switch to an EV to benefit from the grant, although they are still concerned about costs and charging infrastructure. Half of respondents will consider abandoning their privately owned vehicles and using new mobility services instead. The small island, with a population of about 1,331, is visited by an average of 36,000 tourists each year.
Astypalea, located in the Aegean Sea, has become a “smart and sustainable island” for Volkswagen’s new program in collaboration with the Greek government. The plan was first announced in November 2021, with the goal of replacing the island’s fleet of 1,500 ICE-powered vehicles with 1,000 EVs and ride-sharing services. By 2026, Astypalea will switch to sustainable mobility and modernize its power system. The conversion includes solar systems that will supply green energy to the entire EV fleet by 2023 and expand to meet 80 percent of total energy demand by 2026 by replacing old diesel generators.