China will develop a prototype magnetic-levitation train with a top speed of 600 km per hour by 2020, its developers said Thursday.
According to CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., a review committee approved a plan for developing the maglev train and support facilities.
Design and construction will begin immediately, said Ding Sansan, deputy chief engineer of the company.
A sample carriage will be built this year, and a complete train will be ready for a 5-km test run in 2020.
Another 15 Chinese companies, colleges, universities and research institutes are involved in the project.