Elon Musk says construction hyperloop will start
Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk on Monday confirmed that The Boring Company, one of its other enterprises, will work to build a hyperloop system “in the coming years”.
Musk made his statement on Twitter in response to CleanTechnica journalist Johnna Crider. In a comment on below a tweet about the cities with the worst traffic in the world, Musk and Crider suggested tunnels could be part of the solution. The Tesla CEO then elaborated by saying his Boring Company would “attempt to build a working Hyperloop.”
“From a known physics standpoint, this is the fastest possible way of getting from one city center to another for distances less than ~2,000 miles”, Musk wrote.
In the coming years, Boring Co will attempt to build a working Hyperloop.
From a known physics standpoint, this is the fastest possible way of getting from one city center to another for distances less than ~2000 miles. Starship is faster for longer journeys.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 24, 2022
Major driver behind hyperloop development
Musk, of course, is no stranger to the concept of hyperloop transportation. He first conceptualised the idea in a 2013 white paper and has been a driving force behind its development ever since. In 2016, The Boring Company completed a 1,6-kilometre hyperloop test tube, complete with tracks. Between 2015 and 2019, his company SpaceX also sponsored the annual Hyperloop Pod Competition, an important incubator for student and non-student teams from around the world.
In recent years, The Boring Company focussed on regular tunnels. In 2018, it completed a 1,8-kilometre research tunnel in Hawthorne, California. The system under the Las Vegas Convention Center comprising some 2,7 kilometres of tunnels is also complete. A connection to Las Vegas Resorts World is due for delivery in the second quarter of this year. The connection is part of a fully fledged Las Vegas Loop, which is set to include extensions to Las Vegas’ airport and stadium, as well as the resorts on The Strip.
This article was originally published on our sister publication RailTech.