Gallery: Japan Unveils Levitating High-Speed Electric Aero Train


Move over maglev — there’s a new high-speed train in town. Japanese engineers have just unveiled a prototype vehicle that flies rather than rolling. The design is decidedly lower tech than maglev trains — the Aero Train uses wings attached to a fuselage to literally fly inches off the ground. Dubbed a “ground-effect vehicle” the train is designed to be completely powered by wind and solar energy — making this a true zero-carbon transportation system.

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  1. dragonan23 January 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    that’s cool

  2. ajayjain May 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    i like train model. how much money you invested of made electric train.
    the types of parts is used in this model.
    plz send me…………………thank u ………..bye

  3. caeman May 12, 2011 at 8:05 am

    And the construction costs to build entirely new transport structures to support this would cost how much? Any green benefits from the ground-effect vehicle (not a train) would negated for decades.

    Actual trains are very fuel efficient for what they do. They emit less bad exhaust per ton than any gas/diesel powered car or SUV. And far greener than airplanes. Trains have been diesel-electric hybrids for decades now, long before cars learned that trick. That big diesel motor generates electricity for the traction motors underneath. At switch yards, they have smaller engines are totally electric. Here, the weight of the batteries is a positive feature, giving the train more ability to push/pull heavy loads.

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