TfL to lead on fuel-cell framework

Transport for London has invited applications from up to six suppliers to form part of a framework agreement to supply both single- and double-deck hydrogen fuel-cell buses and the associated support infrastructure for operation in four UK cities.

The agreement, which will last for four years and have a total value of up to £120million, is part funded as part of the European Union’s Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe (Jive) and by the UK government’s Office for Low Emission vehicles (OLEV).

A key objective of the framework will be to encourage local, national and international collaboration in an attempt to generate large-scale deployment, standardisation and ultimately commercialisation of fuel-cell buses.

TfL will act on behalf of several UK authorities including Aberdeen, Dundee and Birmingham city councils, as well as National Express West Midlands.