Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) has announced that the first set of tubes designed to move both people and freight have arrived at the company’s research and development center in Toulouse, France.
HyperloopTT says the track will be built in two phases: a closed 320-meter system that will be operational this year, and a one-kilometer-long full-scale system, elevated by pylons at a height of 5.8 meters, to be completed in 2019. Both systems are fully upgradeable and will be utilized by both HyperloopTT and partner companies.
A full-scale passenger capsule, currently under construction at the company’s facility in Spain, is scheduled for delivery this summer.
“Five years ago, we set out to solve transportation’s most pressing problems; efficiency, comfort and speed. Today we take an important step forward to begin to achieve that goal,” said HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn.
“Hyperloop is more than just displays of rapid acceleration and more than just breaking speed records. The real opportunity is to create an efficient and safe system with an unparalleled passenger experience.” Ahloborn added.
HyperloopTT Chairman Bibop Gresta said: “Building in full-scale means we’re committed to innovation in the long-term, we’ve pioneered the technology, proved feasible and insurable by the world’s largest reinsurance company, Munich RE. We have agreements in place in nine countries where we’re working on feasibility and regulations. We have a research center for freight and logistics in Brazil and a facility in Toulouse where we’ll deliver the first full-scale passenger capsule. Hyperloop is no longer a concept, it has become a commercial industry.”
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies works on further developing hyperloop as a viable transportation solution. The company has signed agreements with Slovakia, the U.A.E., the Czech Republic, France, Indonesia, Korea, India and the United States to develop hyperloop
In 2016, Abu Dhabi government inked a deal with HyperloopTT to undertake a feasibility study to connect Abu Dhabi and Al Ain using the HyperloopTM system, that is expected to reach a top speed of 1,200 kilometers per hour. The company has begun constructing the world’s first full scale Passenger Hyperloop™ Capsule in March 2017.