China has a prototype maglev train which can go nearly twice as fast as regular high-speed trains. China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) built the prototype will be capable of speeds of up to 600 km/h and will be completed in 2020 and will have heavy testing in 2021.
China has a maglev on a short line in Shanghai from the airport to Pudong. It has a top speed of 430 kilometers per hour (267 miles per hour). Regular high-speed rail in China operates at 250–350 km/h (155–217 mph).
Passenger planes have a cruising speed of about 900 km/h so maglev’s at 600 km/h would have the similar trip times out to 2000 miles after factoring in the longer times to board and exit planes. Airports tend to be outside of cities while high-speed rail terminals are usually near downtown areas.
High-speed maglev at 400 mph (650 kph) would be far closer to the planned speed of hyperloop technology. The fastest planned Hyperloop’s would be in the 900-1000 kph speed range.
A big difference for deployment is that China has state support for tens of thousands of miles of high-speed rail network. China already has committed the land for long and straight lines which can accommodate high-speed rail. China can put even higher speed maglev lines alongside the existing high-speed rail. They clearly have the ability to complete massive construction projects.
Japan has plans to operate 500 km/h maglev trains by 2027.
SOURCES- China Daily
Written By Brian Wang