Ways to improve the efficiency of transport that are faster and greener. We’ve all been stuck on a cramped commuter trains, struggling to get in on time. Imagine being able to get to work at 760mph? And for that journey to be completely green and clean? It’s a yes please from us.
Verbally unveiled in 2012, the Hyperloop from the team at Tesla, is an innovation in how we understand clean, high-speed transportation.
The idea of transportation via evacuated tubes isn’t a new idea, in fact it dates back as far as 1799. This is the latest innovation in the sector using magnets and fans to propel capsules floating on air up to 760mph.
"The concept of transportation via evacuated tubes dates back as far as 1799."
Construction has begun across Europe, with France being the latest country to try a 320m closed operational system this year. The test track is located in Toulouse with tests set to begin in April!
The tubes have an internal diameter of 4m and could be the solution to international long distance travel. It is estimated that using Hyperloop the 390 mile trip between Los Angeles to San Francisco could take around 30 minutes. And in the UK? How do you feel about London to Edinburgh in under an hour? Sounds pretty cool to us!
It is very cool in theory, but what are the pros and cons of this fascinating innovation?
It is of course, in theory, going to be a fast and efficient way to travel and cheap to operate. With average speeds of 600mph and top speeds of 760mph, you could indeed be in Edinburgh from London in around 55 minutes.
It’s powered from clean sources. Solar power, magnets and kinetic wind energy. This also means that it consumes power at a lower rate and is more efficient!
"Hyperloop has average speeds of 600mph and top speeds of 760mph. you could be in Edinburgh from London in around 55 minutes."
With the trains running through closed top tubes, this means tracks are protected from the weather, plants and animals. We’ve all been on trains that are delayed from reasons like “leaves on the tracks”...
Naturally, the major downside is that until proper testing is finished the Hyperloop is still hypothetical.
Whilst the maintenance and running would be in theory relatively reasonable, the cost of development and construction is sky high. Not to mention that for the time being Hyperloop will need further developments to protect it from elements such as earthquakes in areas like the US and Asia. This will add costs to maintenance.
Of course, until testing is complete we can only make guesses about how good or bad the Hyperloop will be and whether it has beneficial applications for commuters.
"Hyperloop will need further developments to protect it from elements such as earthquakes which effect areas like the US and Asia."
The road to success never did run smooth and we are in awe of any organisation willing to go out on a limb and really push for more efficient and greener construction and engineering.
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