Passenger-packed pods speeding through vacuum tubes linking Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to European cities could prove a viable low-carbon alternative to short-haul flights, according to a study published on Wednesday.
Although hyperloop technology, which uses magnetic levitation to allow near-silent travel at airline speeds, has not yet proven feasible in large-scale operations, the airport said it was seriously exploring it as a potential form of sustainable transport.
‘We are genuinely interested in where hyperloop could go,’ said Hassan Charaf, head of innovation at Royal Schiphol Group, which owns and operates the airport, one of Europe’s busiest.
The hyperloop concept was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2013, who at the time said it could take passengers the 380 miles (610km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes
A rendering showing what hyperloop trains at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport could look like
The airport conducted the study in partnership with Dutch company Hardt Hyperloop and it assessed how the system could potentially ease air travel congestion in the coming decades.
Although hurdles remain to realising the company’s vision of a Europe-wide hyperloop network powered by renewable energy, the founders hope climate commitments in the European Union’s Green Deal will spur greater investment.
‘Hyperloop really has the potential to be the sustainable alternative to aviation,’ Tim Houter, Hardt’s chief executive and a co-founder, told Reuters.
A rendering of what passengers could experience inside a hyperloop pod
A rendering of what a hyperloop station in Amsterdam could look like.
Schiphol Airport said it was seriously exploring hyperloop as a potential form of sustainable transport
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