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Maglev train: China debuts prototype that can hit speeds of 620 kilometers per hour

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(CNN) — China has revealed a prototype for a brand new high-speed Maglev prepare that’s able to reaching speeds of 620 kilometers (385 miles) per hour.

The prepare runs on high-temperature superconducting (HTS) energy that makes it look as if the prepare is floating alongside the magnetized tracks.

The modern 21-meter-long (69 ft) prototype was unveiled to media within the metropolis of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, on January 13. As well as, college researchers constructed 165 meters (541 ft) of observe to exhibit how the prepare would feel and look in transit, in accordance with state-run Xinhua News.

Professor He Chuan (vice chairman of Southwest Jiaotong College, which labored on the prototype) instructed reporters that the prepare might be “operational” inside 3-10 years.

He added: “Sichuan has wealthy uncommon earth sources, which may be very useful to our building of everlasting magnet tracks, thus selling the sooner improvement of experiments.”

One possible interior for the new Maglev train.

One potential inside for the brand new Maglev prepare.

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China is residence to the world’s largest high-speed rail community, which stretches over 37,000 kilometers, and the quickest commercially working prepare — the Shanghai maglev.

The nation’s first high-speed Maglev prepare, it started working in 2003. Operating at a prime pace of 431 kph, the prepare hyperlinks Shanghai Pudong Airport and Longyang Street within the jap aspect of Shanghai.


China has been desperate to make additional infrastructure enhancements forward of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which can happen in Beijing.

This time final yr, China unveiled a brand new 174-kilometer high-speed railway line connecting Beijing with 2022 Winter Olympics host metropolis Zhangjiakou, reducing the journey time between the 2 from three hours to 47 minutes.

Earlier this month, the nation debuted a bullet prepare particularly designed to withstand freezing temperatures. The CR400AF-G prepare can journey as much as 350 kilometers per hour in climate as chilly as -40 levels Celsius (-40 levels Fahrenheit).
It is going to run on routes between Beijing, Shenyang and Harbin — the latter of which is so chilly that it hosts an annual snow and ice festival.

CNN’s Shanshan Wang contributed reporting.