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Greece Plans Green-Energy Shift to Power Electric VW Fleet

  • Astypalea island to install a solar and battery system by 2023
  • Pilot project could precede similar efforts at other islands
A Volkswagen AG ID.3 electric automobile outside Astypalea Island National Airport in Astypalea, Greece, on June 2.

A Volkswagen AG ID.3 electric automobile outside Astypalea Island National Airport in Astypalea, Greece, on June 2.

Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg
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Greece will set up renewable-energy infrastructure, including solar panels and batteries, on one of its small islands that will convert its entire vehicle fleet to electric models from Volkswagen AG.

The government plans to install a 3 megawatt-hour solar park and 7 Mwh battery system on Astypalea by 2023 that will cover just over half of the island’s overall energy demand and be enough for all electric-vehicle charging needs. A second phase of the project could include adding wind turbines to handle more than 80% of power demand by 2026.