Developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, it is considered the world’s fastest train.
“Maglev” is an abbreviation of “magnetic levitation”. The train seems to “float” thanks to an electromagnetic force that makes it slide above the track.
Liang Jianying, deputy general manager and chief engineer of CRRC Sifang, told Chinese state media that in addition to its speed, the train causes little noise pollution and needs less maintenance than other high-speed trains.
China’s new maglev train is designed to reach speeds of 600 kilometers per hour.
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Currently, the average high-speed train in China can travel at a speed of 350 km/h, while airplanes fly 800-900 km/h. Trains like the one unveiled in Qingdao this week could fill a crucial center space.
However, there is one thing that keeps this train from being ready to greet commuters: a lack of completed maglev track networks.
Currently, China has only one maglev line in commercial use, connecting Shanghai’s Pudong Airport to the city’s Longyang Road station. The 30 km (19 mi) journey takes approximately seven and a half minutes, with the train reaching speeds of 430 km/h (267 mph).
The 270-mile railway between Lhasa and Nyingchi was put into operation on June 25, giving all regions of mainland China access to high-speed trains.
Several new maglev networks are reportedly under construction, including one linking Shanghai and Hangzhou and another linking Chengdu and Chongqing.