On Tuesday, China unveiled a maglev train capable of reaching a top speed of 600 km / h. It was developed by China and marks the country’s latest scientific and technological achievement in rail transportation, according to China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), the train’s public developer. This speed will make the train the world’s fastest land vehicle available. Using electromagnetic force, the maglev train levitates over the track without coming into contact with the rail.
China has been using the technology for almost two decades on a very limited scale. Shanghai has a short magnetic levitation line that connects one of its airports to the city. While there are still no intercity or interprovincial magnetic levitation lines in China that can make good use of higher speeds, some cities such as Shanghai and Chengdu have started research.
The train can travel with two to 10 carriages.
Launched in October 2016, the high-speed maglev train project saw the development of a prototype magnetic levitation train with a designed maximum speed of 600 km / h in 2019, and successfully completed a test in June 2020. With With the maximum speed of 600 km / h, it would only take 2.5 hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by train, a journey of more than 1,000 km. Compared to the train, it will take 3 hours by plane and 5.5 hours by high-speed train to travel the same route. The train can travel with two to 10 carriages, each carrying more than 100 passengers, according to Ding Sansan, the project’s chief engineer.