Aboard the Shanghai Maglev train (Shanghai Transrapid) to the Pudong International Airport, German Chancellor Angela Merkel heard refreshing news: the designed highest speed for the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line will be raised to 450 kph, and it can reach 500 kph for demo purpose.
"The Shanghai Maglev line is too short. Every one wishes to make the line longer," Wu Xiangming, Chief Commander of Shanghai Maglev train project, told Ms. Merkel.
The 30-km-long Shanghai Maglev rail has only two stations, the origin station and the terminal. The proposed 200-km-long Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line will be 200 km in length, and will allow dozens of maglev trains to run in both directions . Once built, it will announce to the world that maglev technology is complete, safe and practical.
"China is working closely with Germany to optimize the design in an attempt to lower the cost of the project and improve the competitiveness on the market. We wish to get full assistance from the German government," Wu Xiangming said.
According to the newly signed agreement, the core technology will be in the hand of the Germany, other technologies will be transferred to China. Siemens will transfer the traction power supply system and control system to its three joint ventures in China, which will be supplier to the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev. Thyssen Krupp will transfer the technologies for carriage, switches and long stator via technology permit; the dynamic guidance system will be supplied in parts, and China will be responsible for the general assembly. The track system technology developed from the operation of Shanghai Maglev will be applied in the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line.
Hearing Wu's introductions about the operation and management of the Shanghai Maglev and the plan for the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev, Merkel commented, "Now I understand why it was that difficult when China and Germany began to build the first commercial maglev line."
She said German government will vigorously support the technological and engineering cooperation with China in the field of maglev, and she believed the high speed and market value of the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line is "bound to attract passengers who are willing to spend on it".
The Shanghai Maglev (Shanghai Transrapid), built in 2002, is the first commercial high-speed maglev in the world. The landmark of China-German cooperation passed the state appraisal one month ago. The line was free from any accident in the past three years. The maglev line has become a tourism attraction and transportation vehicle for numerous travelers, as well as a symbol for the rapid development of China's economic center Shanghai.
By People's Daily Online