(Yicai Global) Oct. 26 -- China Railway Corp. (CR) will conduct a series of development of Fuxing electrical multiple unit (EMU) trains with various speeds from 350 kilometers per hour (km/h) to 160km/h, said Wang Tongjun, its vice president.
Fuxing EMU trains with a speed of 250km/h and 200km/h are under development, and those of 160km/h are undergoing testing and are expected to roll out next June or July, Wang noted, as thepaper.cn reported today.
On Sept. 21, the speed of Fuxing multiple unit trains rose to 350km/h along Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway to log the world's highest-velocity commercial operation, with the rail's cumulative number of passengers standing at 592,000.
The number of railway passengers in China is expected to reach 4 billion by 2020, with average annual growth of nearly 10 percent, and to complete a passenger turnover of 1.6 trillion person-kilometers, accounting for more than 40 percent of total travel turnover in the entire society, Wang said.
The intelligent high-speed rail line running from Beijing to Zhangjiakou in China's east-central Hebei province project started in April last year and is expected to wrap up by the end of 2019.It will come equipped with plush passenger services, including full WiFi coverage at the railway station, electronic ticketing, check-in by face recognition and self-service information inquiries at smart terminals.