China's Entrepreneurs Discover Going 'Green' Not Easy

Hydrogen-powered vehicles an elusive goal amid hurdles of government bureaucracy.

Published: 01-Jan-2007

Shanghai -- Except for its paint job, green to symbolize environmental friendliness, the bus looked ordinary enough as it bumped along a suburban Shanghai street late one recent morning. But it was strangely quiet. Only a distant hum accompanied the rattles and passengers' conversations.

The hum came from a hydrogen fuel cell providing clean, renewable energy to the demonstration vehicle, manufactured by Shen-Li High Tech Co. Ltd., a private Shanghai company that set out to make its fortune from hydrogen power for buses, taxis and generators in the giant Chinese market.

Shen-Li, started here by a Clemson University-trained engineer, Hu Liqing, found encouragement in a campaign by the Chinese Communist Party to promote bold departures such as hydrogen power.


In the first 10 months of 2005, China's exported autos increased 133.6 percent year on year. For the first time, auto exports exceeded the import by 7,000 units, including 105 electric cars exported to the U.S. Photo of Miles ZX-40, an electric car it plans to import from China.

Chinese vehicles will be a threat to established U.S. auto sellers because vehicles from China are likely to be much cheaper than those from Europe, Japan or North America.

China's capital has been hit by 10 dry tempests since February. But officials say steps are being taken to "improve the situation" for Games. Photo courtesy of


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