A Chinese firm has announced it has started a running test on the first China-developed maglev train, and it now has the ability for mass production. (Wikipedia tells us that maglev, or magnetic levitation, is a system of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles, predominantly trains, using magnetic levitation from a very large number of magnets for lift and propulsion.)
The Tangshan Railway Vehicle, which is based in Tangshan City of north China’s Hebei Province, said the train has a designed speed of up to 120 kilometers per hour, and has three carriages. Each carriage can have 100 to 120 seats.
The company’s partner in the maglev project, the Beijing Enterprises Holdings Maglev Technology Development, said earlier this year that the maglev train would be ready to go into mass production once it has completed 100,000 test kilometers.
China View reported a spokesman with the Tangshan company saying the company has not yet secured a commercial contract, though Shenzhen city in south China approached the company and asked it to conduct a feasibility study into the use of the maglev technology for the planned urban rail project. (Note that the maglev train in our illustration IS a maglev train but it is the one already running in Shanghai.)