Greek island of Halki debuts world's slowest ... police cars (VIDEO)


The Greek island of Halki has teamed up with French car manufacturer Citroën and introduced electric cars in its efforts of becoming a fully sustainable and zero-emission mobility energy economy.

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Citroën is providing a fleet of 6 fully electric vehicles to the public authorities in Halki island, namely two Ami to the Police and Coast Guard authorities respectively along with two New ë-C4, one ë-Spacetourer to the Municipality of Halki and one ë-Dispatch will also be delivered to the Energy Community of Halki. Supplied on a free 48 month lease after which Citroen will buy back the cars and donate them to the Municipality of Halki.

Whilst most police departments probably wont have any use for these particular cars given they reach a top speed of only 45km/h and a total all-electric range of only 70-kilometres, they are perfect for the small island of Halki given its narrow streets and small road network.

“This project will change the lives of a few for now but this is just the beginning. By helping Halki to become a green economy focused on sustainability, Citroën is paving the way for the future and is showing that electrification is the way forward”, adds Vincent Cobée.

Halki has become a ‘laboratory’ in Europe where green energy transition is being implemented with several partners which are all leaders in their fields of expertise such as Syngelidis Group, Vinci and Akuo Greece, to name a few.

“We are really glad to collaborate with the Island of Halki 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 Halki island into an island which will be autonomous, smart and sustainable”, states Vincent Cobée, CEO of Citroën.

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 Halki into a green economy. Citroën and Syngelidis Group which are in close collaboration with the Greek government, are undertaking all measures to transform Halki into an electric island that uses green energy. The aim is to make this progress available to all residents and businesses on the island.

One of the main challenges present in the automotive world today is electrification, however Citroën says it is keen on leading the way forward and wants the residents and public authorities to take full advantage of the electric vehicles which are being made accessible on the island.

"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 Halki. In line with the goals of reducing the climate footprint, set in the framework of the Action "Halki 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," states Mr. Polychronis Syngelidis, President of the Syngelidis Group.