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.

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