China took the world on storm by revealing a new (MagLev) Magnetic levitating train. This train is in a prototype which can achieve speeds as high as 600km/h.
Nicknamed Maglev, these trains use electromagnets that lift the train.
- The trains move on a cushion of air because of the electromagnets. The technology thus eliminates friction from the equation.
- The trains challenge airways with their groundbreaking speeds. They are meant to be the fastest means of travel in 1500km distances.
- The existing maglev trains reach a top speed of 350km/h. This train travels at a max speed of 350km/h.
- The train covers the 1300km route between Shanghai-Beijing.
- The Maglev made by China is looking to challenge air travel.
- High-speed rail takes five and a half hours to cover this route while planes take about four and a half hours including required preps.
- The new Maglev is expected to take this time down to just three and a half hours.
- China isn’t the only country experimenting with maglev technology. Japan, a pioneer of high-speed rail, broke its own world record, hitting 603 km/h during a test run of an SC Maglev train in 2015.