As per Electrive, the charging hub implemented by Milence in France is located near an important logistics route used by trucks that travel between Paris and larger cities in Normandy, such as Le Havre and Caen. Located four minutes away from the highway, the charging hub offers four points for large commercial vehicles, with a total power of 400kW via the CCS interface.

CCS or Combined Charging System is the fast-charging solution adopted by the European Union for charging electric vehicles with DC power, which is the faster form of charging batteries compared to AC power. It is called CCS because it uses the AC connector with an additional connector below that, which enables the higher current rates.

Milence officials say that the charging hub opened recently in Normandy offers other facilities for truck drivers, such as toilets, showers and a restaurant, in case a longer break for charging or rest is needed.

A second expansion phase, which could be completed by the end of this year, will see the company add other charging ports with the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) standard, which could enable even faster top-ups for electric trucks that support these speeds.

By the end of 2027, Milence aims to install 1.700 charging points across Europe's heavy-duty road network to support the adoption of battery-powered trucks, while this network is expected to span across 15 different countries by the same year.

The current tariff for charging trucks at Milence's stations is 40 cents per kWh, not including VAT and transaction fees.

Anja van Niersen, CEO of Milence, said that "over the past two years we have extensively prepared our organization, developed the right technology, and secured sites in 15 countries. We are now in full roll-out and this is just the beginning. Further expansion in several key locations along major logistics routes will follow in the coming months."

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