TfL launches hydrogen fuel cell tender

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The JIVE project is looking to deploy 139 fuel cell buses in nine EU cities. Pictured here is a VDL SB200 Wrightbus Pulsar hydrogen bus operating in London for Tower Transit

As part of the JIVE (Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe) project, an EU-funded initiative deploying 139 new zero-emission fuel cell buses across nine cities, Transport for London (TfL) has launched a tender for the bulk procurement of fuel cell buses.

Working in partnership with other UK cities, including Aberdeen, Birmingham and Dundee, TfL is inviting potential suppliers of fuel cell buses to join a framework for the supply of single and double-decker vehicles to cities across the UK and potentially elsewhere.

The JIVE project is coordinated by Element Energy, which claims it is the first deployment of this scale in Europe.

Ben Madden, Director of Element Energy, said: “The launch of this joint procurement exercise is an important milestone for the JIVE project and the fuel cell bus sector as a whole.

“Taking a coordinated approach to purchasing large numbers of these buses should deliver increased standardisation and significant cost reductions, allowing the cities to realize their ambitious zero-emission bus adoption plans.

“We are delighted to have helped start this program and look forward to continuing to support the partners in delivering the project.”