Speeding at 430 km/h, a futuristic magnetic levitation train makes the 30 km journey from the Pudong International Airport to the Longyang Road Station in Shanghai’s new financial centre into an eight-minute joyride. As the world’s first operating electromagnetic levitation train system, the MAGLEV travels at lightning speed and could change the way we look at train technology forever. As a transportation system, it is fast, safe and energy-efficient but the Shanghai line remains the only magnetic levitation train in commercial operation despite decades of research and countless proposals. What is slowing the MAGLEV down?
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