Milence, the joint venture shared by Volvo, Daimler and TRATON, has recently inaugurated its very first electric truck charging hub located in Venlo, the Netherlands. Here’s our post with the announcement made at the end of October. Milence managed to meet the deadline to have the first hub open before the end of this year.

Four charging bays in the new Milence hub in Venlo

The hub currently consists of four charging bays. The second phase, scheduled to be operational in Q1 2024, will include additional four charging bays and the completion of the site design, which will feature the distinctive, internationally protected arch shape and roof. The new charging hub is equipped with two high-performance Combined Charging System (CCS) chargers, providing up to 400 kW of charging power.

Milence plans a swift transition to Megawatt Charging System (MCS) technology as soon as it becomes available. At Solutrans we had the opportunity to see the prototype of a MCS developed together with Hitachi Energy.

Venlo is strategically located for international trade. Truck Parking Venlo is now one of the first secure truck parks in the Netherlands with a dedicated charging solution for electric trucks. The site will welcome electric trucks of all brands. Milence has also developed a user-friendly app for its customers, allowing them to easily locate a charger, monitor charging status and make payments.

Anja van Niersen, CEO at Milence, speaking

“The opening in Venlo marks an important moment in our journey to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport”, commented Anja van Niersen, CEO at Milence. “A year ago, when Milence was announced, we made a commitment to build the largest charging network for electric trucks in Europe. With this first charging hub and our future roadmap, a reliable charging network open to all vehicles is now taking shape. We are delighted to have been joined by our shareholders and partners today and to be able to give the market the confidence that the journey to a fossil-free Europe has begun”. 

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