China's new hovering train is faster than a jet

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Reuters reports that China unveiled a maglev train capable of a top speed of 600 kilometers per hour, or 370 miles per hour, on Tuesday, July 21.

That maximum speed would make the train, which was self-developed by China and manufactured in the coastal city of Qingdao, the fastest ground vehicle in the world.

Using electro-magnetic force, the maglev train "levitates" above the track with no contact between itself and the rail.

This means that the train hovers on magnetic fields created by huge currents of electricity.

China has been using the technology for almost two decades on a very limited scale. Shanghai has a short maglev line running from one of its airports to town.

While there are currently no inter-city maglev lines in China that could make good use of the higher speeds, cities like Shanghai and Chengdu have started to conduct research.

At 600 kilometers per hour, it would only take two-and-a-half hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by train — a journey of more than 1,000 kilometers, or 620 miles.

Such a journey would take three hours by plane or five-and-a-half hours by high-speed rail.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. New maglev train going 600kph on elevated track, racing past cars on highway
2. First part of sequence illustrating functioning of wraparound electromagnetic system
3. Second part of sequence, focusing on magnets in T-shaped track
4. Third part of sequence, focusing on overall interaction between track and train electromagnets
5. Mechanical animation showing function from above, cutaway, magnetic interchange
6. Show named route on map, with train racing against passenger jet and winning

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Reuters reports that China unveiled a maglev train capable of a top speed of 600 kilometers per hour, or 370 miles per hour, on Tuesday, July 21."

"That maximum speed would make the train, which was self-developed by China and manufactured in the coastal city of Qingdao, the fastest ground vehicle in the world."

"Using electro-magnetic force, the maglev train "levitates" above the track with no contact between itself and the rail."

"This means that the train hovers on magnetic fields created by huge currents of electricity."

"China has been using the technology for almost two decades on a very limited scale. Shanghai has a short maglev line running from one of its airports to town."

"While there are currently no inter-city maglev lines in China that could make good use of the higher speeds, cities like Shanghai and Chengdu have started to conduct research."

"At 600 kilometers per hour, it would only take two-and-a-half hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by train — a journey of more than 1,000 kilometers, or 620 miles."

"Such a journey would take three hours by plane or five-and-a-half hours by high-speed rail."

SOURCES: Reuters, CBC, Nikkei Asia
https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-unveils-600-kph-maglev-train-state-media-2021-07-20/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/china-fastest-train-1.6110819
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transportation/China-unveils-600-kph-superfast-maglev-train