Milence launches major electric truck charging hub at the port of Antwerp-Bruges

  • Milence launched a significant public electric truck charging hub with 20 bays at Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
  • It’s strategically placed on a key European freight route, showcasing Milence’s sustainable design.
  • More hubs planned, aiming for accessibility, advanced technology, and extensive European network development.

Milence opens its biggest electric truck charging hub yet at the port of Antwerp-Bruges

Milence has unveiled one of Europe’s largest public charging hubs for electric heavy-duty vehicles at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in Belgium. The hub, featuring 20 charging bays, is strategically located along the Rhine-Alpine Ten T corridor, a vital freight route.

This state-of-the-art hub marks the first in Europe to incorporate Milence’s full sustainable design concept. The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a key player in global trade with a throughput of 289 million tons annually. Now, it’s a central node in the Milence network.

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Milence CEO Anja van Niersen highlighted the hub’s importance:

“With this strategic addition to the network, Milence’s future roadmap is taking shape. Situated on the Rhine-Alpine corridor, one of the busiest freight routes in Europe, this will bring the charging infrastructure where it is most needed to enable the sustainable transport of goods across the continent.”

Milence is committed to speeding up the shift to electric road transport by establishing a large-scale public charging network across Europe. The new hub is equipped with ten Combined Charging System (CCS) chargers, each providing up to 400kW of power. A second hub is set to open at truck parking Goordijk later this year. Both hubs will transition to Megawatt Charging System (MCS) technology as soon as it’s available.

To enhance accessibility, Milence has partnered with several major emobility service providers. They’ve also developed an app to help users locate chargers and manage payments.

This initiative is part of a broader green corridor effort between the ports of Antwerp and Bruges. The Port of Antwerp-Bruges aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, utilising renewable energy from solar panels and wind turbines. 

Annick De Ridder, President of the Port’s Board of Directors, commented:

“These charging hubs make both truck parkings in the Antwerp port area an indispensable link in electric truck transport. Together with Milence, we remove an important barrier for domestic and foreign transporters to switch to electric trucks.

Road transport is and remains important for our port, for the fast and timely delivery of very specific products and for the ‘last mile’. Our port is Flanders’ economic engine. The more sustainable – and in this case, the more electric – this engine runs, the better!”

This opening is an important step for Milence in its ongoing mission to decarbonise Europe’s freightways. Milence’s hubs are opening more and more frequently, and they’re gradually coming together to knit a network across the continent.

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