China is testing a ‘floating’ magnet car that reaches 230 km/h

Using magnetic levitation technology, the researchers put eight modified cars through a speed test.

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Sep 27, 2022, 11:26 AM

Screengrab from video posted on Twitter by @QinduoXu.

The future of high-speed cars may be above the ground, but not exactly in the sky. Magnetic levitation is increasingly seen as a technology that can usher in an era of lightning fast transportation for the masses and revolutionize the mobility space. Further evidence of this emerged recently in China when researchers from Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu staged road tests for specially modified cars designed to run on magnetic lines.

According to a report by Xinhua, the experiment saw eight cars take part in the testing process to examine the viability of magnetic levitation (maglev) technology. Industrial grade magents were attached to the bottom of each of these vehicles which were then taken to test the eight kilometer long magnetic line. The cars were deployed approximately 35 mm above the conductor rail.

One of these eight cars even managed to reach a top speed of 230 km/h, a remarkable feat considering that these vehicles were essentially floating above the ground and each weighed around 2.5 tonnes.

It’s a signal that maglev-based transportation options could potentially be the natural evolutionary process in a future world where conductor rail finds its way onto the roads and may even replace the rail network as we know it today. today.

Maglev technology is being actively worked on in many countries – Japan and Germany to name a few. The area of ​​application should primarily be on the rail network with the possibility of much faster acceleration and deceleration. Japan’s L0 series Maglev is considered the fastest of the lot and has a speed record of over 600 km/h. This basically translates to a travel time of less than an hour between Delhi and Mumbai, a distance of around 11.50 km.

But the possibility that even passenger vehicles use this technology is also being increasingly explored. If successful on a large scale, it could dramatically change the way people get from one point to another.

Date of first publication: September 27, 2022, 11:11 a.m. IST

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