Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe

JIVE aims to ease the commercialisation of fuel cell buses by deploying 139 vehicles across 9 locations, which will double the number of FC buses operating currently in Europe. JIVE uses coordinated procurement activities to unlock the economies of scale which are required to reduce the cost of the buses. They operate in large fleets of 10-30 buses, reducing the overhead costs per bus, as well as allowing more efficient supply chains and maintenance operations compared to previous deployments. By working at this scale and with bus OEMs with proven vehicles, JIVE ensures reliability at the level required for commercialisation.

JIVE also tests new hydrogen refuelling stations with the required capacity to serve fleets in excess of 20 buses. This activity aims to reduce the costs of hydrogen and increase the availability of equipment.

This is the first time that UITP engages in the hydrogen bus sector in order to provide objective expertise and guidance. UITP convenes an unbiased User Group composed of its members to review the methodology and emerging results from the data collection process. Additionally, UITP plays a role in dissemination activities and acts as an advisory body to ensure that the voice of the wider public transport industry is brought into the project.


  • Duration: January 2017 – December 2022
  • Budget: € 113.6m (€ 32m EU-funded)
  • Partners: ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL, BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL Dundee City Council, EE ENERGY ENGINEERS GMBH, EUE ApS, FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER, HyCologne - Wasserstoff Region Rheinland e.V., Hydrogen Europe, hySOLUTIONS GmbH, LONDON BUS SERVICES LIMITED, West Midlands Travel Limited, PLANET PLANUNGSGRUPPE ENERGIE UND TECHNIK GBR, RebelGroup Advisory Belgium, RIGAS SATIKSME SIA, Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH, SUEDTIROLER TRANSPORTSTRUKTUREN AG, THINKSTEP AG, Trentino Trasporti S.p.A., UNION INTERNATIONALE DES TRANSPORTS PUBLICS, Verkehrs-Verbund Mainz-Wiesbaden Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, WSW MOBIL GMBH

Contact: USANMAZ Efe

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 735582. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY.


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