China’s leading train manufacturer giant has revealed a maglev train prototype, it is a kind of new floating train capable of carrying passengers at speed of up to 373 mph (600 km/h), according to the reports of CNN. The train is developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC). The full production is expected to begin in 2021 whereas for now, the company has just entered in the testing session.
Now imagine 373 mph is fast speed for any vehicle to travel, it is so fast that it can bring the train to transport passengers between Beijing and Shanghai in just three and a half hours, as compared to a plane which takes four and a half hours to complete its journey, according to the CRRC’s deputy chief engineer Ding Sansan. It is safe to say that this maglev train will save your traveling time of a long journey. In fact, the typical cruising speed of an aircraft is between 547 and 575 mph (880 and 926 km/h).
Sansan further said that China has experienced these breakthroughs in maglev technology during the three-year battle to create such fastest technology which would be going to connect areas between more than 30 enterprises, universities, and government research institutes.
The train could reach these theoretical speeds thanks to its maglev design, it would help it to travel on a magnetically powered cushion of air instead of using wheels that are in constant contact with a track. Moreover, China already has the world fastest commercial maglev train in the process. It reaches 267mph (431 km/h) on its 18.6 miles (30km) journey between Shanghai’s airport and city center.
Maglev train uses magnetic repulsion to levitate the train up from the ground, in order to reduce friction and would help to propel it forward. CRRC prototype was first announced in 2015, it wasn’t the first train to reach the high speeds. Also, in 2015 back maglev train set a new record of its own that hit 375 mph (603 km/h) in Japan. Presently, they are manufacturing a 314 mph (505 km/h) maglev rail line between Tokyo and Nagoya that’s due to open in 2027.