Truck Manufacturer JV Opens First Heavy-Duty EV Charging Hub

Daimler-Traton-Volvo JV Named Milence Plans 1,700 Charging Points Across Europe
Milence charging site in Venlo, Netherlands
The Milence charging site in Venlo, Netherlands, is strategically located near the border with Germany and less than 31 miles from the border with Belgium. (Milence)

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Milence opened phase one of its first heavy-duty vehicle charging hub in the Dutch town of Venlo, the joint venture between truck manufacturers Daimler Truck, Traton Group and Volvo Group said.

The hub consists of four charging bays. The second phase at Venlo, scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2024, will include four more charging bays and the completion of the site design, the joint venture said Dec. 7.

Milence’s first hub is equipped with two combined charging system chargers, providing up to 400 kW of charging power. The joint venture plans to transition to megawatt charging system technology as soon as it becomes available, it said.

Venlo is strategically located at the Germany-Netherlands border and less than 31 miles from the Belgian border.

The site in Venlo, as well as all future sites, will welcome electric trucks of all brands.

To ensure accessibility for all trucks, Milence is working on signing agreements with several e-mobility service providers in Europe, it said, adding that ad-hoc payment solutions are also set to be available.

Milence plans to open sites in Antwerp and Ghent, Belgium, in May 2024 and 2025. The joint venture has secured several other sites along core European transport corridors that are scheduled to open in 2024, although details have yet to be revealed.

Anja van Niersen

van Niersen 

“The opening in Venlo marks an important moment in our journey to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport,” Milence CEO Anja van Niersen said.

“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 road map, a reliable charging network open to all vehicles is now taking shape,” she added.

By 2027, Milence aims to have at least 1,700 high-performance charging points across Europe.

Daimler Truck, the Traton Group and Volvo Group teamed up in July 2022, and the joint venture has an initial funding pot of $537.2 million.

Meanwhile, Daimler Truck North America and its partners in the proposed Greenlane electric and hydrogen vehicle fueling network expect to break ground at their first sites in early 2024.

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