Magline SPM design features not only decreases system complexity
and cost, they also greatly improve performance in speed and energy
efficiency. Repulsor levitation eliminates rotational, frictional and
other mechanical limits on speed. Aerodynamic loading becomes the major
consideration. Speeds of 200 kilometers per hour are highly economical. At higher speeds, aerodynamic loading consumes more power
Magline SPM vehicles will provide all the energy advantages of highly streamlined electric vehicles. A four-passenger vehicle with agross weight of 900 kg will exhibit the characteristics listed in Table 1, assuming a well-to-wheels de-rating factor of 0.365, i.e. 63.5% of the energy is lost during grid power generation and distribution. In a Magline SPM network, however, these vehicles will have unlimited range, unlike an electric car.
Table 1. Magline SPM Energy Use
|Power||Vehicle mpg||Passenger mpg*||Speed (mph)|
Compare these values to those listed in the US Transportation Energy Data Book for passenger transportation in 2009 (Table 2). Even at 120 mph, Maglev PRT provides more passenger-miles per equivalent gallon than any other mode.
Table 2. Transport Energy Intensity
|Transport Mode||Avg Passengers per vehicle||
|Rail (light & Heavy)||24.5||49.6|
*using 132 MJ/gal for gasoline