A Chinese university successfully tested a new magnetic levitation car (maglev) on a highway in the east of the country, where the 2.8-tonne vehicle hovered 35 millimeters above the road surface, local media reported.
The car, developed by the Jiaotong University of Chengdu (Sichuan, center), was modified from a traditional car in which the magnetic system that allows it to levitate on conducting rails was installed, the state agency Xinhua reported.
The teacher deng zigangof the aforementioned institution, highlighted that based on the success of the test they will continue with the development of maglev technology vehicles with the aim of reducing energy consumption and increase the range of distances cars can travel.
Other vehicles powered by alternative energies, some of which reached speeds of almost 230 kilometers per hour.
Its objective was to study the design of roads and the appropriate safety measures in case of driving at high speeds.
Last year, China unveiled the world’s fastest magnetic levitation trainwith a speed of 600 kilometers per hour, manufactured in the city of Qingdao after five years of research and development.
Local media then described it as the fastest land vehicle in the world.
The Asian giant has had this technology since 2004when a low-speed maglev line began operating in Shanghai between the outskirts of the city and the Pudong International Airport.