HyperloopTT begins construction of test track in France
The transportation and technology company has received the first full-scale passenger and freight tubes at its R&D facility in Toulouse to build a closed 320m system
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has received the first set of tubes designed to move both people and freight, at their research and development centre in Toulouse, France.
With an interior diameter of 4m, the system is optimised both for passenger capsules and shipping containers. The first phase includes a closed 320m system that will be operational this year. In addition, a second full-scale system of 1km elevated by pylons at a height of 5.8 meters will be completed in 2019.
Both systems are fully upgradeable and will be utilised by both HyperloopTT and partner companies. The full-scale passenger capsule, currently near completion at Carbures in Spain, is scheduled for delivery to the facility this summer for assembly and integration.
Dirk Ahlborn, CEO, HyperloopTT, said: "Five years ago we set out to solve transportation’s most pressing problems; efficiency, comfort and speed. Now we are taking an important step forward to begin to achieve that goal. The real opportunity is to create an efficient and safe system with an unparalleled passenger experience."
Bibop Gresta, chairman, HyperloopTT, said: "Hyperloop is no longer a concept, it has become a commercial industry. 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 centre for freight and logistics in Brazil and a facility in Toulouse where we’ll deliver the first full-scale passenger capsule.”