Chinese researchers lifted a 2.8-ton car 35 millimeters above the ground on a highway in eastern China’s Jiangsu province.This was achieved by modifying an off-the-shelf car with an array of permanent magnets and installing a suitable guide rail on 7.8km of road, thus achieving magnetic levitation, or maglev technology, reports The Register.
A #maglev vehicle technology test saw a 2.8-tonne car float 35 millimeters above the road and run on a highway in #Jiangsu, east China. A permanent magnet array was installed for levitation. pic.twitter.com/7vWc8TvJpn
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According to the media, eight cars were tested, which developed a speed of up to 230 km/h. Scientists from Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu are investigating whether cars in the future could be equipped with a magnetic cushion to save energy.
In July, China showed a maglev train that can reach speeds of up to 600 km/h. It was recognized as the fastest train in the world, but due to the lack of a track network, it is not widely used. One such service is operating commercially in China – the Shanghai Maglev train travels from the airport to the city at a cruising speed of 431 km/h.