Our progress

Progress Timeline

June 2020
  • Astypalea selected as project location
  • September 2020
    • Framework of project agreed between the Hellenic Republic & Volkswagen Group
    • Project governance undertaken by the Hellenic Republic 
    • MoU prepared

    November 2020
  • Virtual signing ceremony of the MoU
  • December 2020

    • Kick off meeting marks the project's implementation
    • "e-astypalea" action plan prepared

    January 2021
    • Concrete planning for project implementation started 
    • Construction begins on upgrading Astypalea's energy network and infrastructure 
    February 2021

    • Action plan for alternative RES production in Astypalea
    March 2021


    • Publicly accessible charging point locations selected
    • "On demand shuttle service" legislative framework identified
    April 2021


    • The first 12 publicly accessible charging points installed
    • "e-astypalea" program and digital platform finalized
    May 2021

    • First electric local utility vehicles transported to Astypalea
    • University of Strathclyde and University of the Aegean joint research project commences
    June 2021

    • Astypalea Smart and Sustainable Island " from vision to action". Progress report event in the presence of the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Chairman of the BOD of Volkswagen Group Dr. Herbert Diess
    • "e-astypalea" platfrom launch
    • Handover of first electric local vehicles from Volkswagen Group to Police, Civil Aviation and Municipality
    July 2021
  • First test drive event with electric cars, for the residents of Astypalea.