The Port of Rotterdam Authority, in collaboration with Truckparkings Rotterdam Exploitatie (TRE), has inaugurated the first electric truck charging station in the port. Located at the Bodaanweg truck park in Waalhaven, the facility can accommodate up to eight electric trucks simultaneously.


Source: Marie-Jose Baartmans

TRE, in partnership with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, has implemented the installation of the initial five charging points at the truck park, accommodating a total of eight electric trucks. The truck park prioritises safety and comfort, featuring 24/7 surveillance of parking and charging bays. Presently, reservations are not required for charging, allowing e-trucks to report directly via the intercom at the entry point. E-trucks incur no parking fees and have access to all the secure truck park facilities.

This initiative in Waalhaven materialised through collaboration with ABB E-mobility, Batenburg Techniek, KWS Infra, Stedin, and VARO Energy, the latter managing the charging infrastructure for TRE. The project also falls under the Rijkswaterstaat Living Labs Heavy Duty Charging Stations program.

A TNO study commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority in January 2022 estimates the presence of around 2,000 electric trucks in the port area by 2030, necessitating approximately 50 charging points.

Notable companies, including Innocent Drinks and Den Hartogh, have already deployed electric trucks in Rotterdam, and DFDS has placed an order for over 125 e-trucks in Europe. The commitment to electrification extends beyond Rotterdam, with DFDS establishing the “DFDS Dock&Drive” charging station in Sweden, featuring 38 points capable of delivering 45,600kWh of charging daily. This initiative underscores the growing trend towards electric truck adoption and infrastructure development, contributing to sustainable transport solutions.