Milence and Port of Antwerp-Bruges reach an agreement to develop a 30 bay charging hub for heavy-duty vehicles

Milence and Port of Antwerp-Bruges reach an agreement to develop a 30 bay charging hub for heavy-duty vehicles

Milence, the joint venture between Daimler Truck, Volvo Group and the TRATON GROUP, has been selected by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges to build 2 state-of-the-art charging hubs at the Truck Parking Goordijk and Ketenis. Milence is currently developing the largest public charging network for all battery-electric heavy-duty trucks in Europe. Scheduled to open in May 2024, the hubs in the Antwerp Port area will comprise two plots with a total of 30 charging bays. The number of charging bays will be increased in a second phase of development.

The 2 charging hubs will initially be equipped with 15 high-performance Combined Charging System (CCS) chargers offering up to 400kW of charging power. Milence also plans a swift transition to Megawatt Charging System (MCS) technology as soon as it becomes available.

Strategic location on green corridor

Milence is developing its network with a focus on creating green corridors for road transport connecting key logistics hubs, major ports and airports. With more than 300 maritime liner services and 800 destinations, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is the second largest port in Europe and a true world port, playing a key role in international connections.

Rest and recharge

Milence is accelerating the transition to electric transport by building a reliable & safe charging network for electric heavy-duty trucks. Milence focuses on a holistic rest and recharge experience that not only powers vehicles, but also creates a rest environment for drivers.

Driver comfort and safety are a major concern also for Port of Antwerp-Bruges. In March 2023 it opened a second truck parking. Both parking areas are fenced, illuminated and equipped with camera surveillance, Wi-Fi and sanitary facilities. Snacks and drinks are available from vending machines.

Commitment to net zero

By moving towards 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.

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 make the switch to electric trucks.

The Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works (MOW) granted a project subsidy for this project.

Anja van Niersen, CEO at Milence: "I was very happy to reach this agreement between Milence and Port of Antwerp-Bruges as I believe it marks the beginning of a new era in sustainable transport. 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."
Annick De Ridder, Vice-Mayor of the City of Antwerp and President of the board of directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: ““Our two truck parks in the Antwerp port, Goordijk and Ketenis, will be equipped by Milence with 15 high capacity chargers for electric trucks. It will make these truck parks an essential link in electric truck transport. At the same time, this will also remove an important barrier for domestic and foreign transporters to make the switch to electric trucks. Road transport is and will remain important for our port, for the fast ​ and timely delivery of very specific products and for the 'last mile'. Our port is the economic engine of Flanders. The more sustainable, and in this case, the more electric, this engine runs, the better!"

For more information about the charging hubs, check this video.

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About Milence

Milence is dedicated to making the future of road transport fossil-free. To realize this vision Milence is building a reliable charging network for all battery-electric heavy-duty trucks and coaches, regardless of brand. By 2027, they aim to have at least 1,700 high-performance charging points across Europe, with the first ones set to be operational by the end of 2023.

Milence was established in July 2022 as a joint venture between Daimler Truck, the Traton Group and the Volvo Group, with an initial funding of €500 million, and operates as an independent, stand-alone company.




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About Port of Antwerp-Bruges

With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.
The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear - to become the world's first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society. 

The port sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management.

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