Launch of project JIVE - for a large scale deployment of fuel cell buses in Europe

The 25th of January 2017 marks the launch of a game changing project in sustainable and clean urban transportation in Europe: JIVE, which stands for Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe.

The project is co-financed by the FCH 2 JU under the European Union - Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation. 

JIVE's overall objective is to advance the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell buses through large-scale deployment of vehicles and infrastructure.

The project aims at the largest ever deployment of fuel cell buses in Europe and will introduce new fleets of fuel cell buses into urban bus operations at a scale never attempted before .

The launch of project JIVE took place today in Cologne, Germany, in a joint event with EU project MERHLIN, supported by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF), aiming at  deploying the infrastructure (hydrogen refuelling stations) complementarily to the JIVE bus deployment . 

These projects represent a step change for the hydrogen bus sector, setting the transition between technology demonstration and real-life zero emission public transport. The fuel cell buses will offer the same operational flexibility as the incumbent diesel buses but without any harmful exhaust fumes.  As such, they represent a competitive solution to the problems of both urban air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from city transportation.

Commenting on project JIVE, FCH JU  Executive Director, Bart Biebuyck, said " This project  is now the 5th project related to deployment of fuel cells buses supported by the FCH JU and its launch marks a significant turning point in the decarbonisation process of public transport. The FCH JU is proud of such far-reaching project seeing the daylight which aims at unlocking the economies of scale required for commercialisation. Fuel cell buses offer great advantages as they can cut emissions and noise pollution, while providing good quality public transport. Bringing these benefits directly to citizens’ day-to-day lives is one of the priorities of the FCH JU and JIVE clearly is a stepping stone in this process. “

The FCH JU has been very active in enabling market entry of fuel cell buses in Europe. It put together a platform of stakeholders representing the supply and the demand side, worked at reaching agreements on roadmaps and mostly increased the level of commitment from both parts thanks to key gatherings (MoU's signed in 2014 and 2015).

By aiming at impacting volumes at such level, we are convinced that project JIVE will empower the crucial switch towards sustainable transportation and allow bus operators to work with fuel cell buses without having to require subsidiaries.

JIVE will be coordinated by Element Energy and is based on a partnership of public transport providers who will work together to procure the buses and refuelling stations from European suppliers. Buses will be deployed in the following regions and cities: Cologne, Wuppertal and Rhein Mainz in Germany, London, Birmingham and Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, South Tyrol in Italy, Riga in Latvia and Slagelse in Denmark

Read the full press release about the launch of project JIVE here.

Discover Project JIVE here.