Hyperloop One, the company trying to commercialise the train-in-a-vacuum-tube tech proposed by Elon Musk, has unveiled its proposed European routes.
The company has conducted a “global challenge” calling on individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop a “comprehensive commercial, transport, economic, and policy case for their cities, regions, or countries to be considered to host the first hyperloop networks.” That process has led to a regional list of nine semi-final candidates for further exploration. The nine are:
- Corsica – Sardinia
- Estonia – Finland
- A loop around Germany
- An unspecified Polish route
- A loop around the Netherlands
- Spain – Morocco
- A North – South UK connector from London to Edinburgh
- A UK Northern Arc from Liverpool to Glasgow through Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh
- Scotland – Wales
Hyperloop One is playing the “you rock much harder than Shelbyville” game by declaring that Europe would be a great spot for the first Hyperloops.
The company has, to date, built a short test tube and not much else, leaving it years away from building anything, no matter the submarine tunnels that would be needed for the Corsica, Morocco or Finland routes.
London to Edinburgh in less time than it takes to dream up a wacky idea for a train-in-a-tube
And this kind of thing takes time: your correspondent first read about the idea that became the Crossrail project when living in London … in 1999. It's expected to open in late 2018, and that's with pretty conventional trains, signalling and so on, not the mostly-untested kit proposed for Hyperloop.
Which is a shame as plenty of Vulture Central staff take longer than 50 minutes to travel a few kilometres to work by Tube or bus. ®