Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Harbin Electric touts linear motor transit test

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Harbin, China-based Harbin Electric, Inc. said Tuesday it participated in the successful testing of the first domestically developed linear motor (LM) propulsion system in Changchun, on a metro train operated by Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd. (CRC). The company called the test a “breakthrough for China,” crediting “the result of more than two years of joint efforts between Harbin Electric, the Institute of Electrical Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and CRC.”

Harbin Electric said the test is “part of China's efforts to develop its own advanced technology in many sectors of its fast-growing economy.”

The company said LM technology can negotiate steep grades and cope with tight curves and corners, lower maintenance costs, provide a safer ride under severe weather conditions such as rain and snow, and is quieter and more comfortable.

"We are extremely proud of our successful participation in China's development of a technologically advanced urban metro transit industry. The first 'made-in-China" LM metro train relies on our proprietary technology and has met international standards, with significant lower production costs than similar foreign products. With the success of this trial production, I believe that Chinese enterprises have entered into the high-end LM driving metro transit market and possess the skills and strength necessary to compete with world-class metro rail car manufacturers," said Tianfu Yang, chairman and CEO of Harbin Electric.