Recent reports from the Chinese press indicate that Chengdu Jiaotong University has conducted a successful test of a car utilizing magnetic levitation (maglev) technology on a highway.
Here is the link to a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3VJwkMuXGQ
More precisely, this university released a video showcasing a 2.8-ton vehicle floating 35mm above the ground through the utilization of electromagnetic forces and a rail system positioned beneath it. During the experiment, this magnetic levitation vehicle reached an impressive top speed of 230 km/h, exceeding the current maximum speed limit on Chinese highways by more than double.
The objective of this test is to investigate the potential application of magnetic levitation technology in future transportation systems, such as road vehicles.
Vehicles employing magnetic levitation technology are reported to possess extended lifespans, reduced energy consumption, and enhanced operating range.
Once implemented, magnetic levitation vehicles will be assigned dedicated lanes, offering a potential solution to reduce traffic congestion and enhance safety.
China has made significant strides in the implementation of high-speed magnetic levitation trains, comparable to those in Japan, in recent times. The Shanghai Transrapid bullet train, which has been operating since 2004, remains the longest-running commercial maglev train in operation and can reach speeds of up to 431 km/h.
China introduced a groundbreaking bullet train last year, harnessing the power of electromagnetic force to travel at an extraordinary speed of 600 km/h. This means that once it is operational, it will claim the title of the world’s fastest ground vehicle.