Chinese state-owned company CASIC, which normally is engaged in the country’s space program, plans to develop a high-speed train capable of reaching speeds of up to 1,000 kilometers per hour. The company plans to achieve this without using fossil fuels.
The state-owned firm has already commenced an R&D project for trains, which will also be able to operate in adverse weather conditions.
The super-high-speed train is a new-generation vehicle combining supersonic flight and rail technology, according to Liu Shiquan, the deputy general manager at CASIC.
Chinese passenger are currently able to operate at up to around 900 kilometers per hour at present, while maximum speeds for super-high-speed trains could be as fast as 4,000 kilometers an hour, 10 times faster than the traditional high-speed rail and five times faster than existing civil aircraft.
CASIC is reportedly the first company in the world to propose a supersonic ground transportation system. Other companies globally that aim to develop a transportation system operational at faster than 1,000 kilometers per hour are America’s Hyperloop Transportation (HTT) and the Hyperloop One project.Keywords: Trains