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conventional high-speed uses multiple times the energy of Maglev

Actually: no. I must have remembered the numbers for an earlier prototype, which was rather short and slower. But here some ad-hoc numbers for roughly comparable-capacity trains: the currently crashed TR-08 prototype, a five-car train, needs 4,573 kW to travel at a constant speed of 300 km/h on flat terrain. For an ICE-3 high-speed train, the corresponding value is a bit under 6000 kW.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Sep 27th, 2006 at 07:36:48 AM EST
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