Of the 50 buses, 20 will run in the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe. These buses have been ordered and the corresponding hydrogen filling stations have also been put out to tender. An additional 10 buses will be added to serve the region around the city of Emmen.
Cooperation between European institutions, the provinces of Groningen and South Holland and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management make the realization of this project possible. The EU contributes 7.5 million euros via the project FCHJU HighVLOCity, JIVE2 and the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the provinces and the ministry for each 3.75 million euros. In total 18.75 million euros. In addition, the provinces are also financially responsible for the operation of the buses.
In 2016, the Dutch government made agreements with clients in public transport that after 2025 every new bus will be emission-free. From 2030 all buses in public transport must run emission-free.