Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hyperloop One Proposes New European Freight and Passenger Routes at Conference

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EUROPE – Following on from their recent identifying of key proposed routes within the US that they believe could substantially improve the transportation systems in the country, representatives from Hyperloop One joined European dignitaries and policymakers at the Vision for Europe summit to discuss transforming transportation across the continent with their proposed system.

With the Hyperloop One transport, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod and accelerated gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. Though it is still in testing, the system offers the promise of higher energy efficiency per mile than traditional modes of transport, curbing emissions and fuel consumption and has gathered serious financial backing from a number of big names in the freight industry, notable DP World.

Nine potential European routes were unveiled for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge at the summit. The proposed routes would connect over 75 million people in 44 cities, spanning over 3000 miles. They were presented as part of the all-day summit that included a panel discussion around the economic advantages of Hyperloop and a keynote address from Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen.

According to Hyperloop, the proposed routes would greatly reduce passenger and cargo transport times across some of the continent's most heavily trafficked regions. The following were identified by the panel as having the greatest potential impact on European transportation:

  • Corsica-Sardinia – 280 miles
  • Estonia-Finland – 56 miles
  • Germany – 1237 miles
  • Poland – 258 miles
  • The Netherlands – 266 miles
  • Spain-Morocco – 390 miles
  • UK-North-South Connector – 414 miles
  • UK-Northern Arc – 340 miles
  • UK- Scotland-Wales – 660 miles

Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman of 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."

Photo: The Hyperloop test track.