Milence opens truck charging park in the port of Antwerp-Bruges

The joint venture Milence, founded by Daimler Truck, Traton Group and Volvo Group, has opened its third truck charging park in the port of Antwerp-Bruges. Ten CCS (Combined Charging System) chargers with a charging capacity of up to 400 kW per bay supply a total of 20 parking spaces.

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In the presence of Maros Sefcovic, Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal, Milence inaugurated the charging park for electric lorries. With a total throughput of 289 million tonnes per year, the port of Antwerp-Bruges is an essential hub for global trade. Its central location, extensive connections and infrastructure make it a true global port and an important hub in the Milence network.

Anja van Niersen, CEO of Milence, commented on the inauguration of the charging park: “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.”

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, added: “The need for charging infrastructure is a key element in the electrification of road transport. Completely in line with our leading role in the transition to renewable energy, we decided to act and, together with Milence, provide charging hubs in the Antwerp port area. We hope to be a source of inspiration for other ports and logistics areas.”

In recent months, Milence has announced several new charging parks, for example for the first two locations in Germany or in Sweden. The company has the ambitious goal of setting up at least 1,700 high-performance charging points across Europe by 2027. So now, for a change, an opening, and in such a prominent location. This is Milence’s third opening after Venlo in the Netherlands and Heudebouville in France.

The newly opened charging park at the Ketenis lorry park marks an important milestone: ten CCS (Combined Charging System) chargers with a charging capacity of up to 400 kW per bay supply a total of twenty parking spaces. This makes Ketenis the first Milence charging park in Belgium and also its largest in Europe. A second hub is to follow this year at the Goordijk lorry park with five CCS chargers for ten bays. Milence then plans a rapid transition to the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) for both charging parks as soon as the technology is available.

Milence has signed agreements with several major eMSPs (e-mobility service providers) in Europe to enable easy access for every lorry from different manufacturers. This partner network is to be further expanded, it says. Milence has also developed an app that customers can use to find a charger and pay for charging sessions. Direct payments will also be possible via a payment terminal.

Milence’s direct tariff is 0.399 euros per kWh excluding VAT and transaction costs. This charging tariff applies to all charging parks operated by Milence. It can be found in the Milence app and displayed at the charging station.


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