Hyperloop One Marks MPH Milestone
Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One’s electromagnetically propelled passenger pod reached nearly 200 mph in its most recent milestone announced Wednesday.
Executives of the 3-year-old tech company say they’re now ready for global commercialization of the new energy-efficient, autonomous transportation system. They wrapped up the 2nd phase of engineering tests of the world’s 1st full-scale Hyperloop system Saturday.
The sleek passenger and cargo pod is being vetted in the Nevada desert on a specially designed, depressurized tube track called a DevLoop.
The trial comes nearly 3 months after the Hyperloop’s 1st full-scale test (see above). While the self-driving pod went farther and faster than before, it was not able to reach 250 mph, as the company had hoped.
The results are as follows:
- The fully enclosed pod designed to carry cargo and passengers reached 192 mph.
- The pod was thrust through the sealed tube with 3,151 horsepower using electric acceleration combined with custom magnetic levitation and guidance.
- It traveled farther than ever before: a Quarter-mile.
“We’ve proven that our technology works, and we’re now ready to enter into discussions with partners, customers and governments around the world about the full commercialization of our Hyperloop technology,” said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. “We’re excited about the prospects and the reception we’ve received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges.”
University engineering teams are now gearing up for the second Hyperloop prototype competition later this month in Hawthorne. UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, CSU Sacramento and dozens of others are participating.
While the technology is advancing rapidly, speeds haven’t come close to reaching original engineering design expectations.
Governments around the world, as well as The Trump Administration, have expressed interest in Hyperloop systems.
“This is the beginning, and the dawn of a new era of transportation,” said Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar. “When you hear the sound of the Hyperloop One, you hear the sound of the future.