China rolled out a maglev train prototype with a designed speed of 620 km/h on Wednesday, which is the world’s first vehicle using the high-temperature superconducting (HTS) maglev technology, according to its developers.
The domestically developed prototype and a 165-meter maglev test track were unveiled by researchers at Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
At the launch ceremony, the 21-meter-long silver-and-black locomotive was seen floating slowly along the track. Experts hailed it as a “zero to one” breakthrough in the country’s development of HTS technology.
With an investment of 60 million yuan ($9.3 million), the HTS maglev project was jointly developed by Southwest Jiaotong University, China Railway Group Limited and CRRC Corporation Limited.
The “super bullet” train is designed to have a speed of 620km/h, developed using a linear acceleration system based on high-temperature superconductors (HTSs).
If these speeds can be achieved in practice, the train would be the fastest commercial transport vehicle in the world.