China to produce train capable of 400 km/h by 2020 – media
China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) is working on next-generation bullet trains with a maximum operational speed of 400 kilometers per hour that will be ready by 2020, China Daily reports.
"We will apply new materials in the research and production of the future high-speed trains, such as carbon fiber and aluminum alloy, which will help reduce weight and enhance energy efficiency," said Qiao Feng, a senior engineer at the CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, a subsidiary of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp., according to China Daily.
The CRRC will be the manufacturer and exporter, according to Qiao.
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Feng Hao, a rail transportation researcher at the National Development and Reform Commission, said that the 400 km/h high-speed train project would help many heavily populated countries change their commuter transportation from a long dependence on automobiles.
The new bullet train alongside a portion of the Beijing-Shenyang high-speed railway line. The test railway line is to be completed by 2019.