Chengdu unveils futuristic suspension railway

China has launched its first suspension railway. The futuristic trains went into trail-service at the end of November in Chengdu, Sichuan. According to Chinese media, the railway is “the world’s first new-energy suspension railway.” The black-and-white carriages look like pandas, the animal that is native in Sichuan.  The new transportation method, named Read more…

China flicked the EV switch

A decade ago BYD was mainly known as an OEM battery manufacturer. Many famous mobile phone brands were their customers, including the world’s number one phone brand Nokia. The first time I looked into BYD’s electric vehicle (EV) activities was 2006. When I visited their Shenzhen headquarters I was impressed Read more…

World’s largest-power hybrid locomotive and dual-fuel locomotive

After 5 years’ research CSR (China’s biggest locomotive manufacturer) launched the world’s largest 3000HP oil-electric hybrid locomotive and a 5000HP dual-fuel diesel locomotive. The project was under the guidance of China Railway Corporation, and supervised by the State Council. Although electric high-speed trains are being used in most major cities in China, the diesel locomotive still Read more…

Baidu Tianyan flight tracking

Better, Bigger, Baidu? While there are already several flight tracking apps and websites available, Baidu is entering the same market with its new product Tianyan. The company seems to have access to quite some real-time data. Especially in China this is useful as the phrase ‘This flight is delayed due Read more…