QINGDAO, China - A high-speed train capable of reaching speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour) is in the final stages of development in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao.
Media outlets in the city reported on Thursday that the prototype has been finished.
The development and research team unveiled the test model of the proposed magnetic-levitation (maglev) train that will rival the bullet trains, a longtime feature of travel in Japan.
"The testing prototype can check and optimize the key technologies and core system components of the high-speed maglev system and lay a technological basis for the forthcoming engineering prototype," the Chinese Xinhua news agency quoted Ding Sansan, who is head of the team, on Thursday.
"Now the prototype has achieved static levitation and is in good condition," Ding said.
An experimental center is under construction and a trial operation is expected to be completed later this year.
The Xinhua report noted the production line is likely to be rolled out next year, and "go through comprehensive tests to finish integrated verification in 2021."