Building on the ambitions of  the Chinese government’s 13th five-year plan,  to support the development and sale of hydrogen-powered electric vehicles serving clean mobility. Air Liquide recently took a minority stake of around €10 million (US$12 million) in the Chinese startup STNE, Shanghai Sinotran New Energy Automobile Operation CO., LTD.), a hydrogen logistics platform designed for urban deliveries of goods,  operating a hydrogen station in Shanghai and a fleet of 500 hydrogen-powered trucks. Air Liquide will provide STNE with its expertise along the  the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution, to accelerate the startup’s development. STNE aims to run a fleet of up to 7,500 trucks and to operate a network of around 25 hydrogen stations by 2020.

Another city Wuhan, that is aiming to become China’s hydrogen city with 3000 FCEV and 20 stations in 2020; on May 17, 2018  opened its first automobile vehicle import port in central China’s Hubei province. allowing its car industry to hop on the Silkroute to Europe directly.