New high-speed train is being developed
China is developing new highspeed trains with a maximum speed of 400 kilometers per hour with an eye on exporting them to countries taking part in the Belt and Road Initiative.
The trains will incorporate new materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum alloys to reduce weight and increase efficiency, said Qiao Feng, a senior engineer at the CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, a subsidiary of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp.
The new trains will be available in Belt and Road Initiative markets, and will be able to reduce per passenger energy consumption by 10 percent compared with high-speed trains that can run 350 km/h. The CRRC will be the manufacturer and exporter, according to Qiao.
The trains should be ready by 2020 to help build out the country’s high-speed rail network, the world’s largest.