Citroën has invested in the Greek island of Chalki to transform the island into an area focussed on sustainability and electric mobility.
Chalki has become a ‘laboratory’ in Europe where green energy transition is being implemented with several partners such as Syngelidis Group, Vinci and Akuo Greece. The move is in line with Citroën’s belief that clean and safe mobility should be available to everyone.
Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Greek Government, Citroën/Syngelidis Group, Vinci and Akuo Greece, the lever has been activated to transform the island of Chalki into a green economy. Citroën and Syngelidis Group, which are in close collaboration with the Greek government, are undertaking all measures to transform Chalki into an electric island that uses green energy. The aim is to make this progress available to all residents and businesses on the island.
Citroën is also providing a fleet of six fully electric vehicles to the public authorities in Chalki island, namely two Ami EVs to the Police and Coast Guard authorities respectively, along with two New ë-C4, one ë-Spacetourer to the Municipality of Chalki and one ë-Dispatch will also be delivered to the Energy Community of Chalki. Supplied on a free 48 month lease after which Citroën will buy back the cars and donate them to the Municipality of Chalki.
Vincent Cobée, CEO of Citroën, said: “We are really glad to collaborate with the Island of Chalki on this exceptional project. This collaboration is completely in keeping with the spirit of Citroën, an innovative and daring brand, closely connected with people in their daily lives and their mobility. We are committed to making electrification available to everyone and we believe that this is a source of progress within the society. We are very proud to contribute to the transformation of Chalki island into an island which will be autonomous, smart and sustainable.
“This project will change the lives of a few for now but this is just the beginning. By helping Chalki to become a green economy focussed on sustainability, Citroën is paving the way for the future and is showing that electrification is the way forward.”
Polychronis Syngelidis, president of the Syngelidis Group, also commented: “We are particularly happy and proud of the contribution of the Syngelidis Group and Citroën in this important project that takes place on the island of Chalki. In line with the goals of reducing the climate footprint, set in the framework of the Action ‘Chalki Green – Smart Island’, we strongly support sensitivity shown by the Greek government, the French embassy and the French business community, and we undertake the task of promoting the zero-emissions electric mobility.”