Commercialisation of fuel cell buses moves one step closer with the launch of the JIVE 2 project


The fuel cell bus sector in Europe has received a tremendous boost this week with the launch of the JIVE 2 project yesterday in Brussels.

Coordinated by Element Energy, and supported by a €25m ($31m) grant from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the JIVE 2 (Second Joint Initative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) project will deploy 152 fuel cell electric buses across 14 European cities throughout France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. This will expand the network of cities trialling fuel cell buses in Europe, demonstrating a growing appetite for the technology.

For most of these cities, this will be the first venture into fuel cell bus operation and they will be supported in their endeavour by a number of seasoned industry experts as well as industry grouping Hydrogen Europe.

“With this collaborative approach, JIVE 2 will not only address cities’ pressing envioronmental challenges, air quality and noise pollution; it will also allow European industry to test and further improve their products, generate high qualified employment and foster further research in this technology.”

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU’s Executive Director

The collaborative project is an expansion of the JIVE initiative which is now entering its second year of activity. Combined, the JIVE projects will deploy nearly 300 fuel cell buses in 22 cities across Europe by the early 2020s – the largest deployment in Europe to date.

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