China’s first high-speed maglev train testing prototype with a designed top speed of 600 km per hour debuts in Qingdao, Shandong Province, yesterday. The testing prototype, which has only one car, marks a major breakthrough for the country in the high-speed maglev transit system. Xinhua
China rolled off the production line a prototype magnetic-levitation train with a designed maximum speed of 600 kilometers per hour in Qingdao on Thursday, filling the gap in travel speed between aviation and high-speed rail passenger transport in the country, according to its manufacturer.
Launched in July 2016, the train is designed and manufactured in CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd. in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong Province. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing-headquartered China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. (CRRC), the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world.
The debut of the country’s first high-speed maglev train testing prototype marks a major breakthrough for the nation in the high-speed maglev transit system.
This photo shows the interior of the maglev. Xinhua
Ding Sansan, head of the train’s research and development team and deputy chief engineer of CRRC Qingdao Sifang, said the testing prototype can check and optimize the key technologies and core system components of the high-speed maglev system and lay a technological basis for the forthcoming engineering prototype.
The engineering prototype is planned to roll off the production line in 2020 and go through comprehensive tests to conclude integrated verification in 2021.
The high-speed maglev transportation system is one of the key projects under the Ministry of Science and Technology’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) to promote an advanced rail transit system.
A maglev line has linked Shanghai’s Pudong airport with the city center since 2006 on a 30-kilometer-long track, using German technology. The service, with a top speed of 300 kilometers per hour, had safely transported a total of 50 million passengers by September 2017. (China Daily)