Bringing hydrogen-powered vehicles to your city

H2CITIES is an EIT Community project aiming at driving the adoption of Hydrogen technologies in Central European cities.

The project presents a unique opportunity for cities in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary to lead the way in the EU’s Hydrogen Valley strategy. By promoting the adoption of hydrogen technologies in transport and logistics, and the industrial sector, this initiative seeks to foster economically vibrant and liveable cities that are well-equipped to thrive in the emerging hydrogen economy.

Competition to create Hydrogen Living Labs in two cities

One of the key components of the project is a competition to create Hydrogen Living Labs in two cities. These labs will serve as testbeds for up to five types of hydrogen vehicles, including city buses, waste trucks, lightweight public services, private cars, and logistics trucks. European vehicle providers can test their latest products, components, and supply chains in collaboration with local communities and citizens, facilitating the transition to a hydrogen economy.

Developing a roadmap for Hydrogen solutions

Beyond directly supporting the two chosen cities, the H2CITIES project will also develop a roadmap for other cities to incorporate hydrogen solutions into their net-zero plans. By identifying the leading cities and supporting the development of their industrial partnerships, this initiative will enable other cities to participate in the European Hydrogen Valleys and capitalise on the economic opportunities the hydrogen economy presents.

Creating sustainable cities for the future

The H2CITIES project is an initiative that seeks to drive the adoption of hydrogen technologies in transport and logistics and to create thriving, sustainable cities that are well-poised for success in the emerging hydrogen economy.

Call for expression of interest – H2CITIES

What are the objectives?

  • Demonstrate the use of up to five types of vehicles, including passenger, logistics, and cleansing vehicles, in real-life situations to showcase the benefits of hydrogen technologies in transportation and logistics.
  • Create two reference H2CITIES Hydrogen City Labs in two cities, where the use of hydrogen technologies will be demonstrated and targeted expansion plans will be implemented.
  • Educate city employees, workers, and politicians on hydrogen’s role in decarbonization and promote technology familiarization.
  • Provide a roadmap for cities to introduce hydrogen solutions, tailored to individual cities’ circumstances, and consider the wider hydrogen context, not only for mobility and transport.
  • Provide a City Roadmap tailored to individual city circumstances, addressing limited infrastructure, low demand, and skills, to help cities introduce hydrogen solutions in a strategic manner.
  • Set up community and citizen consultations on hydrogen, its use, safety, and value to ensure that the public is informed and engaged in the transition to hydrogen technologies.
  • Develop a shared infrastructure approach to de-risk investment and provide economies of scale to make it easier and more affordable for cities to invest in hydrogen infrastructure.
  • Model an H2 Living Lab for industrial, passenger transport, and logistics providers, attracting additional demonstrations to showcase the benefits of hydrogen technologies in a real-life setting.