The Future of Travel Could Be Hyperloop, at least for city to city pairs currently served by short haul flights such as Paris to Berlin, San Francisco to Los Angeles, Boston to Washington, DC and similar.
Zeleros, a Spanish hyperloop company, is planning to build a hyperloop route between Paris and Berlin that would enable passenger travel between the cities in only 1 hour, a fraction of the time that route currently takes: 11 hours driving, and close to 8 hours by current high-speed train.
Zeleros' hyperloop technology utilizes pods (automated vehicles) traveling inside a network of tubes at low-pressure, using levitation and propulsion technologies. The pods in this nearly frictionless environment would be able to reach speeds of up to 620 miles per hour (1000 km per hour). Actual speeds would depend on routes, but it's anticipated that average speeds would be 310 mph (500 km/h). with optimal energy performance, as the ground and air resistance are minimized.
Hyperloop could become the most energy-efficient solution for distances between 250-930 miles (400 to 1500 km), with energy consumption that is 10-20% that of commercial aircraft for the same route. The operation of the system is also fully electric, resulting in zero direct emissions.
Unfortunately there's no timeline yet for when Paris to Barcelona may be implemented. Zeleros has pointed to other promising routes that would also be less than an hour, by hyperloop: Paris to Barcelona, San Francisco to Los Angeles, Boston to Washington, DC, Dubai to Abu Dhabi, and Sydney to Melbourne.
In light of the flight cancellations and delays so many travelers have endured in recent months, including on short haul routes, hyperloop alternatives would be welcome indeed.
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