China, here is the prototype of a magnetically-levitating train that reaches 600 km/h.

China, here is the prototype of a magnetically-levitating train that reaches 600 km/h.

The first model of fast train hovering above the tracks thanks to the use of magnets was introduced, practically eliminating friction. It can start operating from 2021.Technology, progress, the futuristic vision. China travels fast and just as quickly aims to make its citizens travel. The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) has in fact presented a magnetically-levitating fast train prototype, which can travel at 600 km/h drastically reducing journey times between Shanghai and Beijing. According to the engineers it will start operating by 2021.

A frictionless journey – This is a train prototype able to use magnets to hover over the tracks, thus managing to make a trip substantially free of friction and very fluid and significantly reducing travel times. The production of the vehicle, developed by the state-owned CRRC company in Qingdao city, is expected to begin in 2021 after a trial period. If successful, Beijing would thus be able to improve the results already achieved by the fastest Chinese magnetic levitation train that currently touches the speed of 431 km / h.

Faster than a plane – Ding Sansan, head of the research and development team of the Maglev team and deputy chief engineer of the company, said that «the prototype has already reached static levitation and is under ideal conditions». According to the engineer, the convoy will be able to travel between Beijing and Shanghai in just three and a half hours. To get an idea of ​​what all this means, just think that “4 and a half hours are needed to travel the same route by plane, including the preparation of the journey and about 5 and a half hours with the high-speed railway line».

Magnetic levitation technology – Magnetic levitation is a technology the Chinese are truly proud of. The commercial system based on this system is the fastest in the world with the 431 km / h reached by the train that transports passengers between Shanghai-Pudong airport and the city centre on a whole route of 30 km. However, the new train presented by Beijing, with its 600 km / h, would not represent an absolute record. In fact, in 2015, Japan tested a magnetic levitation train on an experimental route at Yamanashi, whose speed touched 603 km / h.