Although each demonstration will have its local specificity, the experience suggests that a number of practical recommendations can be formulated to support other cities in developing their own trials

Suggestions are grouped in four project phases:

  1. Project initiation –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 providers. In any case, the early and proactive involvement of the operator is PARAMOUNT to the success.   This is mainly so because the technology is in its prefinal stage of commercialisation and in need of permanent interaction between the actors.
     
  2. Pre-procurement –understand the regulation, risks, look for strategic alliance in the procurement and prepare a robust implementation plan
     
  3. Procurement –prepare optimal tender requirements to secure the success of the project
     
  4. Delivery –adopt a sound management protocol to coordinate complex operations

The experience suggests that solid planning and strong project management are highly recommended. Each of these phases is explored here.

A “Self-Assessment Questionnaire” for bus operators has been developed by Roland Berger Consultants for the FCH JU,

to assess the level of preparedness and commitment for large-scale fuel cell bus integration into the bus fleets at individual participating locations of the bus commercialisation study  .

It also provides orientation and a pathway for successful fuel cell bus deployment as it covers the main aspects to be considered in a structured and systematic way.

This way, it also supports cities and regions in their respective planning.