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.

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.

Author: Nick Augusteijn

2 comments op “Elon Musk says construction hyperloop will start”

bönström bönström|30.04.22|20:30

Alternatively, however, in the mean time:
At main lines of the “Old Railway”, new, available techniques, safely, sustainably allowing for 32,5 ton axial load and 160 mph, etc. shall be installed! Hybrids shall replace, existing, no longer timely, all electrified engines, etc. Quality pays!
(Regardless of BREXIT, goal of EU shall remain and no longer be obstructed, by “visionary” talks, and alike!)

bönström bönström|30.04.22|20:48

In the mean time however:
At main lines of existing “Old Railways”, new available techniques, for tracks safely, sustainable allowing 32,5 ton axial loads and 160 mph speed, shall be installed, etc. (Hybrids shall replace existing, all electric engines, etc.) Quality pays!
Advantage of Europe, nearness, to ports, etc.now has to be taken max advantage of!
(Regardless of BREXIT, goal behind membership of EU shall remain and no longer be obstructed – in any way!…)

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