Elon Musk’s project on super fast transportation HyperLoop has been the talk of the town ever since the company showed its interest in India. Even though the ministers did suggest Pune-Mumbai expressway for a pilot, the company sure knows what it wants to do. Hyper Loop One and Hyper Loop Transportation Technologies(HTT) have picked up the route between Bengaluru and Chennai, which usually takes about 6 to 7 hours by bus or train, and an hour or so by flight. Hyper loop wants to reduce this travel time to only 30 mins!
The brainchild of billionaire and head of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, Hyper loop will use magnetic train-like pods to shuttle passengers and freight around a network of tubes at 12,00 Kmph. Traveling at speeds equivalent to a hyper sonic jet, the Hyper loop would have the capability to travel Chennai from Bengaluru in roughly 30 minutes. Using electricity as a power source would make the Hyper loop a clean method of transport, and greener than its two equivalents plane and train travel.
Even bullet trains are slower than this technology, and airplanes take as much time as a Hyper Loop vehicle, except there is too much time wasted in entry, security checks, exit, taxing, and boarding. Traveling at nearly 1,200 kmph, Hyper loop pods zoom through vacuum in a tunnel designed for such pods. Not only does this technology reduce the travel time drastically, it is expected that travel will not prohibitively expensive. The charges may be higher than trains but will be marginally higher or at par to the flight tickets. However, compared to a flight, there will be no hassles of checking in and boarding a plane. A 30-minute journey between these two large cities will change the way people commute. Despite the costs not being very low, it is possible for residents of one city to travel to the other city for work quite regularly, which was a challenge till now.
Right now, HTT is building a five-mile (8-km) test track in Quay Valley, California which it expects to open in early 2019. The company expects top speed of 1,200 km per hour. HTT says it will rely heavily on renewable and kinetic energy and keep costs low by using medians for the pylons. It estimates that a single tube could carry 1.44 lakh passengers daily at 40-second intervals. Over a distance of 500 km, it is aiming for ticket price under $30, or Rs 2000. Earlier this year it reached an agreement with Slovakia to serve as a hub in developing a Hyper loop line connecting Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. India is the perfect example of a vibrant country that could benefit immensely from more immediate, reliable and meaningful connections between markets of all sizes, said Michael, a Pune native who is based in Dubai.