Comments:China to run low-cost maglevs by next year
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|Comments from feedback form - "a little more indept and a pho..."||0||03:50, 9 April 2012|
|Track cost is not mentioned.||0||19:11, 21 February 2012|
|Comments from feedback form - "english page so why no unit co..."||2||07:10, 26 January 2012|
|wording||4||22:51, 24 January 2012|
|cool||0||13:51, 23 January 2012|
It isn't "low cost" unless the track is low cost. The cost of the train is negligible compared to the cost of the track. How much does the track cost per mile??? Typical MagLev trains have never been used except on very short runs due to the enormous cost of Maglev track.
english page so why no unit conversion to say 100 k/hr=62 mph? also omits total emissions eg emissions at electricity plant
I did make sure, when fact-checking this during review, that our article wouldn't say it was zero emissions, merely that it claimed such.
Getting the data for China's emissions per kW/h, and usage by the new trains would likely be very difficult to do in the time constraints of news reporting.
However, an electrified rail network is more forward-looking as low-emission generating capacity can be brought online, or carbon sequestration technologies can be applied at existing plants.
Interest point to raise, but makes the kph snipe seem churlish in comparison.
perhaps there is a mistake but 100km/h? that doesn't sound like MagNev but like a steam engine.
Some maglev isn't high-speed (by rail standards). At high speeds, friction with the rails would be prohibitive, but at lower speeds it's still wasteful.
...Maglevs don't touch the rails.