China claims to have built the fastest train in the world

China claims to have built the fastest train in the world

The magnetic levitation convoy can reach 600 kilometers per hour, completing the over a thousand kilometer route between Beijing and Shanghai in just 2 and a half hours

(image: CCRC Corporation Ltd / Twitter) a new magnetic levitation train (maglev), just inaugurated by the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, can reach 600 kilometers per hour and thus halve travel times compared to the already performing Chinese high-speed lines. For its creators it is the fastest ground vehicle in the world.

The world's first 600 km / h high-speed maglev transportation system, the fastest ground transportation vehicle at present, will be launched in Qingdao, China on July 20, 2021.

- CRRC Corporation Ltd (@CRRC_global) July 18, 2021

Chinese primacy

With this presentation, China seems to reaffirm its ambition to become a scientific and technological power to the rest of the world. Already today, the Asian giant is a leader in rail transport: it owns 37,900 kilometers of high-speed lines and has already implemented small-scale infrastructure for maglev trains, such as the line that connects the airport to the city of Shanghai. In addition, some cities (Shanghai and Chengdu itself, for example) are conducting research for the development of intercity and inter-provincial lines with magnetic levitation trains.

Japan and Germany are also carrying out research and tests to build maglev lines. . However, there are several limitations, in particular the costs and the impossibility of integrating the specifications for the operation of this technology with the existing infrastructure.

The new maglev train

The new maglev train just presented in Qingdao is 30% more efficient than those already operating in China and, according to the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation that designed it, it reduces the braking distance from about 16 to 10 kilometers. It also needs a shorter turning radius than subways, facilitating the planning of railway infrastructure in the presence of buildings.

On July 20, 2021, the 600 km / h high-speed maglev transportation system is successfully launched in Qingdao, China. This is another important milestone after the successful test run of the 600 km / h high-speed maglev prototype car on June 21, 2020.

- CRRC Corporation Ltd (@CRRC_global) July 21, 2021

Being able to reach the speed of 600 kilometers per hour, it will take only two and a half hours to travel the Beijing-Shanghai route, a journey of about one thousand kilometers which today is completed with three hours of flight or five and a half hours by high-speed train.

Magnetic levitation trains use the electromagnetic force to move without contact with the track. In this way the main force that opposes the motion of the medium is only the friction of the air.

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