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Greece has begun the transformation of the island of Astypalaia in the Aegean Sea into a European “Green Island”, and the details of the project will be presented by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The goal is for all activities on that small island of unique beauty in the southeast of Greece, in the Dodecanese archipelago, between Naxos and Rhodes, to be powered by renewable energy, from electricity to traffic.

Of the 1,500 cars on the island, 1,000 will be immediately replaced by electric vehicles. The first six charging stations for their batteries have already been set up on the island, and the government will provide grants for locals to switch to electric cars and bicycles.

The plan is for all buses on the island to be without drivers by 2026, and for that it will be necessary to change the infrastructure and introduce 5G technology.

The project envisages the construction of a hybrid power plant that will use renewable energy, a wind generator, a photovoltaic fleet and batteries, and which will provide electricity 24 hours a day.

German carmaker Volkswagen has already donated four electric vehicles to local police, the Coast Guard, the civil aviation service and the municipality of Astypalea.
Astypalea covers an area of ​​97 square kilometers and has about 1,300 inhabitants.

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