The train runs on high-temperature superconducting (HTS) power, so it looks as if the train is floating along a magnetized railroad track.
Professor He Chuan, vice president of Southwest Jiaotong University, who worked on the prototype, told reporters that the train could be “operated” within three to ten years.
“Sichuan Province has abundant rare earth resources, which is very beneficial for the construction of permanent magnet trucks and therefore facilitates the faster development of experiments.”
One possible interior of the new Maglev train.
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China has the world’s largest high-speed rail network of over 37,000 kilometers and the fastest commercial train, the Shanghai Maglev.
It is the first high-speed linear motor car in Japan and started operation in 2003. It operates at a maximum speed of 431 kph and connects Shanghai Pudong Airport on the east side of Shanghai with Longyang Road.
China is enthusiastically working to further improve its infrastructure for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Last year, China announced a new 174-kilometer high-speed train line between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics, reducing travel time between the two from 3 hours to 47 minutes.
CNN’s Shanshan Wang contributed to the press.