In Japan, scientists and engineers have worked together to create the maglev train. Maglev means magnetic levitation. Unlike other trains, this train does not have any wheels, but instead runs with magnets.

Imagine driving to work, and you’re going to be late because of all the traffic. The maglev train was built for this purpose. This train makes a faster, easier trip for anybody in a hurry. It does not pollute the environment as other trains do.

The way this train goes is not by rails or train tracks. Instead, in runs by guideways. These guideways contain sets of cross-connected metal coils wound into a figure eight pattern to form electromagnets. When stopped, the train rests on rubber wheels.

Once the train reaches 150 kilometers per hour (93 mph) the magnetic force is strong enough to lift the train 4 inches off the ground. The same magnetic forces that lift the train also move it forward and keep it centered within the guideway. This is the same technology used by Tesla’s hyperlogy which makes the ride smooth and the train exceptionally safe.

The train was clocked at 603 kilometers per hour (375 mph). This is much faster than the maglev trains already operating in Shanghai, China, and in South Korea which run at speeds of roughly 268 to 311 miles per hour and 68 miles per hour.


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