China’s Shanghai Railway Bureau (SRB) has debuted a new model high-speed electric multiple unit (EMU) train capable of speeds of up to 420 kph. Known as “Fuxing” (‘Reinvigoration’ in Chinese) the inaugural service departed from Beijing for Shanghai on June 26, marking the inauguration of the CR400AF train. At the same time, an identical train was sprinting in the opposite direction on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway line.
China holds complete intellectual property rights of the “Fuxing” bullet train. It has a top speed of 420kph and can maintain a consistent speed of 350 kph; however, for the moment, it will cruise at around 310 kph in conformity with the current national railway operation chart.
According to Ye Dan, vice director of Shanghai Railway Bureau (SRB) locomotive management department:
“The latest generation has undergone testing at 420 kilometers per hour, but we restricted the top speed due to multiple factors. With greater traction power, Fuxing’s acceleration performance from 0 to 200 kilometers per hour has improved by 5.4%.”
Meanwhile, the new model has reduced the drag coefficient by 11%. As a result, Fuxing shows a 17% energy savings compared to Hexie. In addition, Fuxing’s projected life span is a decade longer than Hexie’s 20 years.
The Fuxing bullet trains has also reportedly optimized its sound insulation, lowering operation noise levels by two decibels. More charging sockets and USB ports have also been added.
According to Ye, the Fuxing high-speed trains have a 6,600 kilometers maintenance cycle, greater than Hexie’s 4,400 kilometers. “By doing so, we have extended our time of operation and improved the service efficiency of the locomotives,” the vice director added.
China’s new bullet train model “Fuxing” will be mass-produced, said the Shanghai Railway Bureau (SRB) on June 26. The current model “Hexie” began service 10 years ago, and has gone through half of its projected life span. The second generation bullet trains are expected to replace their predecessors when the latter reaches the end of its life.