Like I said before, if you want to hyperloop, you’ll wait a while. These things happen slowly. Which isn’t so much of a bad thing when you remember to run into a windowless tube high speed. But this week, the reality of the hyperloop has become much more real. Hardt Hyperboucle raised a ton of cash from the European Commission. This is the first grant for hyperloop technology from the EC.
Okay, $ 15 million isn’t much when it comes to creating a whole new mode of transportation. But the European Commission clearly recognizes that the hyperloop is a sustainable means of transport. The idea actually has legs – or in this case, tubes.
Hyperloop Hardt as green mobility
It’s all part of a larger sustainability mission supported by the European Green Deal, which mentions hyperloop as a form of sustainable and intelligent mobility.
Hyperloop vehicles move autonomously through low pressure tubes. Electromagnetic propulsion makes travel energy efficient and completely CO2 neutral. The hyperloop thus responds to the growing demand for a sustainable (high-speed) transport solution for both people and goods.
As I already mentioned, Hardt helped pave the way for hyperloop transport to become a reality in Europe. The company has contributed to the development of European Hyperloop Center (EHC) in 2020. The EHC plans to open a 2.7 km test track with a cargo-scale tube suitable for speeds up to 700 km / h to test hyperloop technologies in 2023.
Wow, companies are finally starting to work together
Earlier this month, the European rail infrastructure managers (EIM) signed an agreement with the seven biggest hyperloop players. It supports the integration of hyperloop and rail systems in Europe. This is an opportunity for companies such as Hardt, HyperloopTT, Nevomo, Swisspod Technologies, TransPod, Virgin Hyperloop and Zeleros to exchange information and best practices with EIM and identify potential drivers of innovation..
Hyperloop companies are in desperate need of the hype – heck, any PR will do
You’ve probably seen mock drawings, CGI videos, and (pre-pandemic) models at mobility shows. The reality is that the progression of the hyperloop is so slow that it struggles to stay relevant to the audience. Last month a Morning Consult investigation out of around 1,550 people in the US, 70% of those surveyed said they had heard ânothing at allâ about the hyperloop. This despite years of public efforts touting the mass transportation technology of companies such as Virgin Hyperloop and Elon Musk’s The Boring Company.
These companies struggle to stay relevant. Delft even offers to appear at your event like a clown at a birthday party.
The researchers provided respondents with detailed information on the potential capabilities of the hyperloop. Yet only 57% expressed interest in using transport when it becomes available. 78% of those surveyed raised security concerns, while 73% questioned its reliability. Oddly, there was no mention of using the hyperloop for freight transport, which I think will happen much sooner than any large-scale commercial effort to transport people.
Its environmental benefits still fail to filter: 62% of those questioned say they are concerned about the environmental impact of its construction. In addition, 60% expressed concern about the impact of its operations on the environment as a whole.
Unsurprisingly, only around 40% of respondents want to allocate public funds to hyperloops. 73% prioritize spending on repairing roads and bridges. Another 68% want the money to go to public transport such as buses and subways. Companies better get into public relations if they want people to use what they’re building.