What if there was no concern about range with electric cars? Will electric vehicles see more adoption? What if your EV could glide on a surface that attaches it a few inches off the ground similar to a magnetic train? In China, floating cars lifted by magnets may be a reality based on this video.
What is the distance and speed traveled by the maglev EV?
China’s official news agency Xinhua, along with researchers from Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, have already done so. Or at least very close. This modified vehicle traveled a few hundred meters per inch and a half above a special conductive surface in tests. What is even more surprising is that it reached speeds of 140 mph.
The application is known as magnetic levitation or maglev technology. Eight different electric cars had magnets on their undercarriages. One of the experimental vehicles was driven several hundred yards. The travel was fairly stable while attached to the conductor surface. He can be seen bouncing porpoises back and forth as he glides across the surface.
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The video, taken by Chinese journalist QinduoXu, shows how electric vehicles, combined with maglev technology, can eliminate the need for an EV to use its powertrain for travel. This, in turn, means no energy is consumed while on a magnetic surface. Passengers can complete trips in much shorter times.
Maglev systems start with a powerful electromagnet attached to a train suspension. Magnets suspend, guide, and propel the trains in one go. Its magnetic force can then be altered to create a controlled tension both for lift and to create thrust along a specialized path.
How do maglev systems work?
The front corners of the car have magnets with north poles facing outward. In the rear corners are magnets with the south poles pointing. The magnetic field controls both the pull in the front and the push in the back.
The majority of magnetic trains are located in China, Japan, and South Korea. The recently launched Chinese maglev train in Qingdao, Shandong Province, has a speed of nearly 400 miles per hour. This is partly due to the lack of friction holding the train back as it doesn’t touch any surface. This also means a smooth, comfortable ride primarily on an airbag.
Maglev trains have been around since the 1980s, after decades of research and development. It’s green, fast, clean, and quiet. And quickly. Why not magnetic trains In use in the United States? There are two reasons.
Why don’t we have magnetic trains in the US?
First, we already have an extensive and well-established railway system. The cost is the other. Estimates of the maglev system in the United States could easily exceed the $100 million per mile minimum. There are no guarantees that it will be profitable within these amounts.
The Shanghai Chinese line loses more than $100 million annually. Japanese maglev trains are heavily subsidized by the government although they are privately owned. So these factors, and possibly other factors, mean we won’t see ferromagnets in the United States
Whether these same costs will apply to the interstate system of cars is unknown. But it’s interesting to speculate how alternative modes of travel, combined with electric vehicles, could paint a very different picture of personal travel in the not-too-distant future.
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