JIVE 2

 
The JIVE 2 (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) project seeks to deploy 152 new zero emission fuel cell buses and associated refuelling infrastructure across 14 European cities throughout France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. JIVE 2 will run for six years from January 2018 and is co-funded by a 25 million euro grant from the FCH JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) under the European Union Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation. The project consortium comprises 23 partners from nine countries. 
 
The JIVE2 project is an expansion of the JIVE project 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.

Objectives/targets:

The overall objective of the JIVE initiatives are to advance the commercialisation of fuel cell buses through large-scale deployment of vehicles and infrastructure so that by the end of the project, fuel cell buses are commercially viable for bus operators to include in their fleets without subsidy, and that local and national governments feel empowered to regulate for zero emission propulsion for their public transport systems.

General objectives of the JIVE and JIVE 2 projects:

  • Achieve a maximum price €625k-650k for a standard fuel cell bus thanks to economies of scale – or lower
  • Foster joint procurement processes, encourage manufacturers to develop and refine their fuel cell bus offers
  • Validate large scale fleets in operation and encourage further uptake, showcasing that fuel cell buses represent a viable alternative for public transport authorities, offering the same operational flexibility as diesel buses but without the harmful tailpipe emissions
  • Deploying largest hydrogen refuelling stations in Europe and achieve near 100% reliability
  • Demonstrate routes to achieve low cost renewable hydrogen

Specific to JIVE2:

  • Deploy 152 fuel cell buses across 14 cities
  • Achieve a maximum price of €625k for a standard fuel cell bus
  • Operate buses for at least three years / 150,000 km
  • Validate large scale fleets in operation
  • Enable new entrants to trial the technology 
  • Demonstrate routes to achieve low cost renewable hydrogen
  • Stimulate further large scale uptake

Deployment sites:

The buses will be deployed across 14 European cities throughout France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. Some sites are indicated on the map below. Note that  all specific deployment sites will be added once the project makes progress.