China has unveiled a maglev train touted to be the world’s first maglev transportation system capable of reaching a top speed of 600 km/h (about 373 mph). Making its public debut in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong Province, the new maglev train has been completely developed and made in China. The train uses electromagnetic force to make the train levitate over the track with no contact between the train and the rail track. There are very few countries that use the technology for their ground transport system. However, China has been using it for almost two decades. The first and only maglev train line in China was launched in 2002 and it connects Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road Station.
While the Shanghai maglev train holds the title for the fastest commercial electric train in the world with a cruising speed of 431 km/h (268 mph), the newest maglev train developed in China overshadows it with its 600 km/h top speed. Its high cruising speed will make it the fastest mode of transportation within the 1500 km (about 930 miles) range in terms of actual travel time. The journey from Shanghai to Beijing will take just 2.5 hours with the maglev train, which usually takes 5.5 hours by high-speed rail.
The maglev train was manufactured by China’s Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) and it rolled off its production line in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao on Tuesday. The project was originally launched in 2016 and the first prototype was showcased in 2019. However, it’s important to note that China currently doesn’t have any tracks for the 600 km/h high-speed maglev train, but the Chinese authorities are already working to build high-speed lines joining some of the big cities. There are several other maglev train projects that are currently being developed in China. At the starting of 2021, another prototype maglev bullet train was showcased in the country that promised an even higher top speed of 620 km/h (385 mph).