It's an unlikely choice, to say the least: Volkswagen has chosen a beautiful and little-known island in the Aegean Sea to showcase it for electromobility. Recognizable by its butterfly shape set on the blue of the sea, rocky and covered with low vegetation, this wild place has a priori nothing to offer to a global automotive giant. Unless he tries to make forget his past as the main actor of "Dieselgate". The leaders of the German manufacturer were confused as early as 2015 for having rigged the measurement of emissions from diesel vehicles. This global scandal signed the death warrant of this engine and upset the entire automotive industry.
Located 9 hours by boat and 45 minutes by plane from Athens, Astypalea is part of the archipelago between Greece and Turkey. Some 1300 people reside all year round on this piece of land 18 km long and 13 km wide. But, in summer, up to 36,000 tourists follow one another to visit it
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