The world’s first experimental maglev transit system using permanent magnets rather than electromagnets has carried its first passengers on an 800-metre test track in China—without needing a power supply.


Loz Blain writing in New Atlas, makes the following points:
  • Maglev trains/vehicles are nearly silent, need little maintenance and use less energy to accelerate.
  • Rare earths are required to make the electromagnets.
  • China dominates rare earth production.
  • A Sky Train costs about ten percent of a subway.


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