Maglev as the main public transport

April 4, 2023, 10:32 a.m.

Maglevs have several advantages compared with conventional trains. They are less expensive to operate and maintain, because the absence of rolling friction means that parts do not wear out quickly (as do, for instance, the wheels on a conventional railcar). This means that fewer materials are consumed by the train’s operation, because parts do not constantly have to be replaced. The design of the maglev cars and railway makes derailment highly unlikely, and maglev railcars can be built wider than conventional railcars, offering more options for using the interior space and making them more comfortable to ride in. Maglevs produce little to no air pollution during operation, because no fuel is being burned, and the absence of friction makes the trains very quiet (both within and outside the cars) and provides a very smooth ride for passengers. Finally, maglev systems can operate on higher ascending grades (up to 10 percent) than traditional railroads (limited to about 4 percent or less), reducing the need to excavate tunnels or level the landscape to accommodate the tracks.

The main advantages of Maglev transportation systems are freedom from friction, maximum ride comfort, maximum safety, high cruising speeds, low noise pollution, no formation of particulate matter, no pollutant emissions, low maintenance costs.

Maglev trains are propelled due to magnetic fields causing electromagnetic suspension, essentially levitating between the tracks, eliminating the need for steel wheels. These trains also do not have an engine, meaning they are environmentally friendly relying solely on the electrified coils of the guide way walls and track to move the train in the necessary direction. On top of this, they also offer speedy travel, comfortable cabins, and most importantly, safety.

Probably the most important advantage of Maglev is that in the conditions of energy shortages around the world and the impending global energy crisis, Maglev is much more economical, in terms of energy costs, even in comparison with other types of electric transport. Maglev is not just the key to fast speeds and comfortable passenger movements, it is also a way to overcome the energy crisis in transport, it is also a way to preserve the environment and reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere of the planet.

What actions should be taken today to transfer the public to this type of transport?