Photograph of the newly improved L0 SCMAGLEV train running tests in Japan

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Central Japan Railway TESTING Improved SCMAGLEV Train

Now Even More Efficient

Central Japan Railway Company has officially started test runs of its Series L0 (L-zero) improved version Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) train vehicles.

Test runs began in Yamanashi on August 17 with a 7-car trainset, using two new cars for the front end and the intermediate, and existing Series L0 cars. The latest version of the Series L0 improves on the existing L0 by reducing air resistance, power consumption, and noise emissions.

On August 19, JR Central conducted a test run of the new Series L0 that topped out at 342 miles per hour! A day later, running distances were extended for the new vehicles to verify function and stability of ground facilities and on-board equipment.

Currently, test runs are being conducted to measure the effects improvements have had on power consumption, and noise emissions. Learn more about the improvements here.

Make sure to stay tuned for updates on test run results!