Our progress

Progress timeline

June 2020

Astypalea selected as project location

August 2020
  • Project details finalized between the Hellenic Republic and 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
  • Working groups created 
  • Year - 1 timeline and deliverables set 
  • Construction begins on upgrading Astypalea's energy network and infrastructure 
February 2021


  • VW - car - donation terms finalized
  • 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


  • Volkswagen donated vehicles arrive in 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
  • Donation of utility vehicles from Volkswagen to Police, Port Police, Civil Aviation and Municipality