Everfuel, Wrightbus, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Composites, Nel Hydrogen and Ryse Hydrogen, players in the hydrogen fuel cell electric value chain, joined forces to form the H2Bus Consortium in 2019. The members committed to deploying 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, along with supporting infrastructure, in European cities at commercially competitive rates. The The JIVE programmes are a precursor and a necessary step to the commercial deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric buses. They have had an important catalytic effect in Europe, allowing fuel cell bus manufacturers to scale up their production and start developing volume related offers. The first phase of the project, totalling 600 buses, is supported by €40 million from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The grant will enable the deployment of 200 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and supporting infrastructure in each of Denmark, Latvia and the UK by 2023. Other targeted roll-out locations currently include Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The consortium will also offer an affordable and reliable supply of green hydrogen straight to the operators’ depot. Nel Hydrogen will supply electrolysers and hydrogen stations while Hexagon will supply hydrogen trailers.