World’s speediest ground vehicle set to soar


Marvel of technology: The maglev train, capable of a top speed of 600 kph, has debuted in Qingdao, Shandong province. — Reuters

BEIJING: China has unveiled a maglev train capable of a top speed of 600 kph, making it the fastest ground vehicle globally, state media said.The new maglev transportation system made its public debut in the coastal city of Qingdao, east China’s Shandong province.

It was self-developed by China, marking the country’s latest scientific and technological achievement in the field of rail transit, according to the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.

Using electro-magnetic force, the maglev train “levitates” above the track with no contact between body and rail.

China has been using the technology for almost two decades on a very limited scale. Shanghai has a short maglev line running from one of its airports to town.

At 600 kph, it would only take two and a half hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai – a journey of more than 1,000km. — Reuters/Xinhua

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