At the end of January, CRRC Zhuzhou tested a new generation of maglev train with a designed speed of 160 kph, about 60 per cent faster than the current model, in Changsha, capital of Central China’s Hunan province.

The new model has a 30 per cent increase in traction efficiency and can carry six more tonnes in weight compared with the previous generation, which can carry up to 500 passengers with three carriages.

China’s first medium-low-speed maglev rail line was put into commercial operation in May 2016 in Changsha. The new model is expected to lay a technical foundation for introducing medium-speed maglev train systems in the future. CRRC is also developing a more advanced maglev model with a top speed of 200 kph.