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Greek island ditches fossil fuel cars to go green
(Climate News Network, 12 Nov 2020) For one Greek island the future is green. It’s switching from internal combustion-driven transport to electric vehicles.
Not a lot happens in the winter months on Astypalea, a butterfly-shaped Greek island in the Aegean Sea.
The thousands of summertime tourists have gone: the locals – there are about 1,300 of them – work the land and busy themselves painting their neat white houses and tidying up ready for the next holiday season.
But this year life on the island is set to be a little different.
In what’s considered as a groundbreaking experiment with implications for the battle against climate change, the Greek government has teamed up with the Volkswagen car group to establish a complete system of sustainable energy on Astypalea.
Under the scheme, VW will provide the island with 1,000 of its electric vehicles (EVs), replacing 1,500 internal combustion vehicles.
Police cars, ambulances and the island bus service will all become electric. The more than 70,000 tourists who visit Astypalea each year will be encouraged to hire EVs and electric scooters and motorbikes.
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