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China tests new 160km/h maglev train prototype

(People's Daily Online)    16:31, May 23, 2018

A 160km/h maglev train prototype recently finished its first test run in China’s National University of Defense Technology, People's Liberation Army Daily reported on Wednesday.

The success of the test run marks China’s mastering of core technologies regarding medium-speed maglev transportation.

The technical design adopted by the train, which combines long-stator permanent magnet linear traction with hybrid suspension of electromagnets and permanent magnets, is the first of its kind in the world. The design features low energy consumption, high tractive efficiency and easy maintenance.

Compared with other Chinese maglev trains that are currently in service, this new locomotive can reduce energy consumption by 20 percent and improve traction by 10 percent.

According to experts, low-to-medium speed as well as high-speed maglev trains make up the majority of the world’s maglev transportation lines. Low-to-medium speed trains are easy to operate, but lack extensive tractive power. On the other hand, the high-speed locomotives have strong speed capabilities but are more costly and demanding of route selection.

The 160km/h maglev train prototype is a Chinese innovation that integrates the advantages of the above two types while avoiding their defects. It has laid a solid foundation for China to develop 200km/h medium-speed maglev trains.

Being convenient and green, the 160km/h maglev train can look forward to becoming an illustrious name in intercity transportation. 

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