Volkswagen plans to convert an island’s transport to fully electric

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Volkswagen is partnering with the Greece government in a pilot project to transform the transport system of an entire island into a fully electric mobility, according to reports

Electric vehicles  will replace the cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses in the island in the southeastern Aegean Sea in the coming two years.

Volkswagen will provide the electric vehicles that will be running on solar and wind energy.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis signed a declaration of intent for the project.

Transition plans involve three car-sharing stations with 50 vehicles and four sharing stations with 67 electric bicycles and 100 electric motorcycles, said Clean Energy Wire

The Greek island is home to some 1,300 inhabitants, mostly owning their means of transport. The public transport network consists of a single, ten-kilometer bus line.

Switch to e-vehicles will be voluntary, but the state is providing subsidies and tax benefits to support it.