Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One has proposed nine European routes, one of which includes a fast ride from London to Edinburgh.
In plans that aim to revolutionise transportation in Europe, the proposed routes are expected to connect over 75 million people across 44 cities of 5,000 kilometres.
A Hyperloop is a mode of transportation that moves people and things at the speed of airline but at prices similar to bus travel tickets.
The Hyperloop system, which was created by Elon Musk in 2012, delivers this method of transportation in the form of a pod vehicle using a reduced-pressure tube that helps it meet airline speed.
The first test of the Hyperloop system was conducted in 2016 just using a test tube. It demonstrated that its custom linear electric motor could propel from zero to 110 miles an hour in over one second.
According to Hyperloop One, the routes will reduce passenger and cargo transport times across some of the continent’s most heavily trafficked regions by a large scale. One of the routes includes the UK to Scotland and then Wales at a distance of 1,060 kilometres.
Since then, the Hyperloop is expected to be able to transport passengers from Paris to London in 20 minutes while offering pick-up points from different locations, while the same journey usually takes 3 hours by train.
Shervin Pishevar, Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Hyperloop One said: “Europe embraces new ideas in transportation like no other region in the world and is uniquely positioned to take the next great leap in transportation with Hyperloop One.
“Our vision is to, one day, connect all of Europe with our Hyperloop One System, networking the entire continent.”
The vision includes the creation of economic unification or the integration of policies to provide better options for residents that live outside the economic centres and large cities.
This means that people that live outside of the economic centres and potentially larger cities will be provided with better prices for a substantially faster service.
Hyperloop One plans to increase the capacity of strategic corridors in a way that will boost the development of city-to-city connections at a close commuter-friendly range.
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop provides a ride which starts from Helsinki and continues along the Baltic Rail to Berlin, from Berlin the “Circle Line” rail then continues to Copenhagen.
Hyperloop One foresees a boost in economic growth by deploying the Hyperloop transport system, while also embracing creativity and revitalising European integration. This enables the European countries to benefit from the revolutionised Hyperloop Technology, as opposed to the current travel delays and expensive fares provided.
Pentilla said: “Connecting people is a pragmatic, bottom-up way to continue the journey of European integration in a fashion that is acceptable to federalists, nationalists and free marketers. In other words, Hyperloop can offer a way forward for European integration.”
Hyperloop One’s experts in transportation, technology, economics and innovations will connect the system through Germany, Poland, Estonia to Finland, Spain to Morocco and The Netherlands, while other routes will spread in the UK.
Rob Lloyd, CEO, Hyperloop One said: “For Europe, Hyperloop One technology is complementary to existing highways, rails, ports and overall infrastructure.
“Hyperloop One will offer Europe’s transport grid with an option that is more efficient, greener, on-demand and faster. We’ve seen a lot of interest here, and we look forward to creating a partnership to enhance the continent’s transport infrastructure.”
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