China’s first permanent magnetic levitation sky train to begin testing in July

(ECNS) — China’s first permanent magnetic levitation aerial train, “Xingguo”, will begin testing in July after the ongoing debugging phase. This is the first time that permanent magnet levitation technology has been applied to an aerial train in the world.

The project began construction in February 2021 and was jointly developed by Jiangxi University of Science and Technology and China Railway Science and Industry Group Co., Ltd.

The “Xingguo” train has a suspended monorail structure and is designed to run at a speed of 80 km/h. The main part of the test track is an 800 meter long elevated single track, with a double track reserved for future operation.

With its non-contact traction system, the “Xingguo” overhead train has such advantages as strong climbing ability, smaller turning radius, lower noise and zero electromagnetic pollution.

China is the third country after Germany and Japan to have developed contactless traction technology.

The technology is suitable not only for conventional environments such as urban scenic areas, commercial districts and specialized cities, but also for geographically challenging areas such as lakeside, along the coast, in icy area and on land desert.

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