Steps to take in the project-initiation phase : Engage with the local stakeholders to secure buy-in and realistic objectives for bus deployments; understand the full project costs and plan a credible funding strategy; understand how are the relevant suppliers and infrastructure provider

To benefit from existing experiences and guidance in running fuel cell buses, it is possible and recommended to :

  • Check with other users so far – you will find their contact references on this site
  • Consult the option of joining a cluster consortium, in order to increase volume, cut some cost and learn how to successfully implement a relatively small volume into your fleet – A summary document on “Joint Procurement” and reference to “FCH JU Funding” and a ‘self-assessment test” can be consulted on this website.


Local actors may source match-funding for financing their trial from sponsoring bodies at a regional,national or european level:

In the initial phase, a credible budget and a dialogue between key partners need to be established

Involve key delivery partners at an early stage (transit agencies, health and safety officials, fire-fighters, local councils, etc.)

The project development team needs to develop a good understanding of the market and its key players

- Provide partners with a list of main stakeholders on the supply side and talk to them in advance of any planning:

As the technology is not yet fully commercial, partners will need to access sources of match funding

- The project development team will develop a budget for the project