In a world faced with overpopulation and rapid urbanisation, there is a growing demand for increasingly high speed transport, whilst still maintaining low costs, both for the customer and also the environment. This has set the stage perfectly for the introduction of linear motors to everyday life.
There are a number of reasons as to why linear motors are regarded as one of the most promising solutions to this challenge.
They can reach much higher speeds than conventional forms of travel.
Due to their smooth operation they can reach those speeds at a much quicker rate, whilst still ensuring passenger comfort.
With a power-delivery system that involves no physical contact between the guideway and the moving vessel, there are minimal energy losses - meaning speed can be maximized.
The lack of physical contacts leads to unbeatable reliability and longevity. This combined with the high efficiency often leads to lower lifetime costs when compared to traditional systems
Hyperloop is a high-speed passenger and freight transportation system comprising of a sealed vacuum tube through which pods travel free of air resistance conveying people or objects at speeds of 1,100 km/h. In July 2017, Hyperloop One tested a full-scale system up to speeds of 310 km/h.
December 1997 & April 2015
The Central Japan Railway Company has developed and successfully tested a magnetically levitated (Maglev) high-speed linear motor propelled train in the Yamanashi Prefecture. In December 1997, the Yamanashi Maglev train set a world record for the fastest passenger vehicle of 531 km/h. In April 2015, it set a new world record of the 603 km/h with a seven car train.