Similar to new generations of automobile engines, the Transrapid consumes less
energy while providing the same output as high-speed railroads. Or, putting
it the other way round, with the same energy input, the performance of
the Transrapid is substantially higher.
The reasons: no losses due to
friction with the non-contact technology, the high efficiency of the long-stator
linear motor, the low weight of the vehicles, and the low aerodynamic
resistance. Compared to highway and air traffic, the Transrapid's energy
consumption is even three to five times less.
The following gives an example of energy consumed per seat for a distance of
300 km with three intermediate stops, depending on maximum speed:
||1,1 l gasoline/100 km
||1,6 l gasoline/100 km
||2,2 l gasoline/100 km