A prototype locomotive using high temperature superconducting maglev technology was rolled out in southwest China's city of Chengdu. The domestically developed maglev train boasts a designed speed of 620 kph. Involving an investment of 60 million yuan, the HTS maglev project was jointly developed by Southwest Jiaotong University, China Railway Group Limited and CRRC Corporation Limited. Compared with other maglev technologies, HTS tech is more suitable for the futuristic concept of superfast transportation in vacuum tubes, where trains could hit speeds of over 1,000 kph
A 165-meter line to test the new train was launched on the same day. At the launch ceremony, the 21-meter-long silver-and-black locomotive was seen floating slowly along the track.
China has been a world leader in the construction of high-speed railway. By the end of 2020, the country had 37,900 km of high-speed rail lines in service, the longest in the world, according to China's railway operator.
Maglev trains, levitated from the tracks and propelled by powerful magnets to avoid wheel-rail friction, are designed to break the speed bottlenecks facing high-speed trains. The country's first commercial maglev system was put into operation in 2003 in Shanghai. The 30-km stretch between downtown and the city's Pudong airport is based on German maglev technology of electromagnetic suspension