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Published on December 29th, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan


World's Fastest High-Speed Train is Now Running in China

December 29th, 2009 by  

The world’s fastest high-speed train, averaging 217 mph, was just launched in China. It blows away the competition, but may not be so special for long.

The train will cover a distance of 663 miles (1,068 km) from Wuhan (central China) to Guangzhou (in the south). It will reduce the travel time between these cities from over 6 hours to about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

This is just the beginning, though.

China plans to expand its high-speed rail to 42 lines by 2012! It intends to invest $300 billion by 2020 and buy at least 80 super high-speed trains.


This new high-speed train, developed by Seimens, Bombardier and Alstom hit 245 mph at its fastest, and averaging 217 mph it is well above the next closest trains (France’s — 172 mph, Japan’s — 151 mph, Germany’s — 144 mph). Fast trains!

The US could definitely benefit from some of those. Bridgette Meinhold of inhabitat states that with a train of that speed “a trip from New York City to Chicago would take a little over 3 1/2 hours.” I think it’s high time for the US to start considering high-speed trains more seriously!

via ecofriend & inhabitat

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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