Port of Antwerp-Bruges pioneers electric truck charging hubs

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges has chosen Milence, the joint venture between Daimler Truck, Volvo Group, and the Traton Group, to develop two charging hubs at the Truck Parking Goordijk and Ketenis. Milence is developing Europe’s largest public charging network for all battery-electric heavy-duty trucks.

Scheduled to open in May 2024, the hubs in the Antwerp Port area will consist of two plots with 30 charging bays. The number of charging bays will increase in the second development phase.

Circular economy

The two zero-emission charging hubs will initially be equipped with 15 high-performance Combined Charging System (CCS) chargers offering up to 400 kW of charging power. Milence also intends to switch to Megawatt Charging System (MCS) technology as soon as it becomes available. The project aims to accelerate the transition to electric transport by building a reliable and safe charging network for electric heavy-duty trucks.

By moving toward a circular economy and major investments in energy transition, Port of Antwerp-Bruges aims to become carbon neutral by 2050. The port already produces a large amount of renewable energy locally (with solar panels and wind turbines), which is used to power its daily operations, including the new Milence charging hub.

‘Green logistics and clean energy’

Integrating renewable energy into this transport sector is vital. With this collaboration, Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Milence aim to remove one of the major hurdles for transport firms to switch to electric trucks.

Anja van Niersen, CEO at Milence: “The development of a 30-bay charging hub for heavy-duty vehicles demonstrates our strong belief that electrification is the clear solution for heavy-duty road transport and our bold commitment to the future of green logistics and clean energy.”

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