Port of Rotterdam unveils first electric truck charging station

Port of Rotterdam unveils first electric truck charging station

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Truckparkings Rotterdam Exploitatie (TRE) have unveiled the port’s first electric truck charging station.

TRE collaborated with the Port of Rotterdam to build the first five charging outlets in the truck park, which can handle a total of eight electric vehicles.

According to port’s research, around 70 per cent of container journeys made by road remain inside the area; at the same time reservations are not required for charging, therefore e-trucks can report straight over the intercom at the access point.

ABB E-mobility, Batenburg Techniek, KWS Infra, Stedin, and VARO Energy, which operates TRE’s charging infrastructure, also collaborated on the Waalhaven project.

“The more quiet, clean and sustainable trucks driving around the city and port, the better,” said Vincent Karremans, Alderman for Enforcement, Outdoor Space and Mobility of the Municipality of Rotterdam.

“With this charging station, we are taking another great step forward in making the truck fleet more sustainable and making Rotterdam more liveable.”

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Boudewijn Siemons, interim CEO and COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, stated: “Sustainable logistics is a key pillar of our strategy for a future-proof port with net zero CO2 emissions. Providing charging infrastructure for trucks can make the transport sector more sustainable. Electric cargo transport also contributes directly to better air quality in the port.”

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Ton Barten, Director of TRE, added: “Carriers can schedule smart combinations by, for example, charging their trucks while drivers stay in the truck park for mandatory rest. A comfortable, safe and easy switch to sustainable transport without any loss of time. This paves the way for carriers to become more sustainable and invest in an electric fleet.”

This month, the Port of Rotterdam projected that its throughput will be minimally impacted by the Red Sea disruptions.

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