A magnetically levitated car could be the next big thing from China — Transcontinental Times

CHINA: Have you ever imagined a world with flying automobiles? then this Chinese car could be about to become a reality.

According to various sources, Chinese researchers from Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan province, conducted road tests last week for modified passenger cars that use magnets to hover 35 millimeters above a conductor rail.

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The sedans were modified with strong magnets on the vehicle floors by the researchers, allowing them to float on a conductor rail about five miles long. According to the report, a total of eight cars were tested, with one test reaching speeds of around 143 miles per hour.

According to sources, government transport authorities have been conducting experiments to research safety measures for high-speed driving. However, according to Deng Zigang, a university professor who has worked on vehicle development, adopting magnetic levitation for passenger cars can result in lower energy consumption and longer range.

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It might help with “range anxiety”, a problem faced by the electric vehicle industry when customers worry that they won’t be able to complete an electric car ride without running out of power.

Since the 1980s, some commercial trains have used magnetic levitation, or “maglev” which uses an electrified magnetic field to propel or pull objects at high speed.

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Today, maglev trains are used in South Korea, China and Japan. In Qingdao, Shandong Province, China last year unveiled a high-speed Maglev train with a top speed of 373 miles per hour.

The lack of friction in maglev technology should allow high-speed transport without using as much energy as conventional motor power. Virgin Hyperloop One by Richard Branson and Elon Musk

The Boring Company developed the technology for their respective hyperloop companies. Volkswagen created a floating car concept in 2012 as part of a more than decade-long investigation into the viability of maglev vehicles.

But there are still potential security vulnerabilities to address. What happens, for example, if a fast car veers off its magnetic track?

Extremely difficult infrastructure is another big problem, any nation should make a significant public investment and spend years building a statewide electromagnetic highway network.

The difficulties might be worth overcoming: George Sassine, vice president of New York’s State Energy Research and Development Authority, said on LinkedIn in 2018 that a “age of magnetism” would revolutionize the energy sector and contribute to the fight against climate change.

While this may all sound very speculative, this will surely be our future for years to come.

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