China to produce train capable of 400 km/h by 2020

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.

As noted by Chinese observers, the novelty should strengthen the degree of integration of countries that are directly related to the Belt and Road Initiative of the PRC government [the Economic Belt of the Silk Road and the Sea Silk Road of the XXI century].

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.

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