Karnataka ropes in Hyperloop One for feasibility study on ultra-speed transportation
If the project comes to fruition, passengers will be able to travel from Bangalore to Chennai in a matter of just 20 minutes
Bengaluru: Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, a start-up backed by Virgin Atlantic’s Richard Branson to create ultra-high-velocity transportation solution has signed a MoU with the government, here on Thursday, to conduct a feasibility study in Bangalore.
The study will identify potential routes in Karnataka to improve connections between its emerging industrial hubs. The Karnataka Urban Development Department (KUDD) takes the step as an effort to identify the potential routes to improve mobility in Bengaluru, with the hope of connecting areas like Tumkur, Hubli-Dharwad, and Hosur.
Another signed MoU in India! With the Government of Karnataka, we'll conduct a preliminary study to understand hyperloop’s feasibility and economic impact in the region. #BlrTechSummit pic.twitter.com/MdkuHT7ARa
— Hyperloop One (@HyperloopOne) November 16, 2017
In this mode of transport, a vehicle resembling a single metro coach travels inside a tube. Instead of running on a track, it will float due to magnetic levitation after the tube is turned into a low-pressure zone. The pod lifts off the track using magnetic levitation and glides at speed of an aircraft for long distances, owing to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. They can also create their own energy after a certain speed.
The vehicle which can accommodate around 50 passengers, can travel at 670 kmph, at least ten times faster than a normal train. It means passengers will be able to travel from Bengaluru to Chennai in a matter of just 23 minutes.
“The introduction of a technology like Hyperloop will further add to the pace at which the state wants to grow,” State ITBT and Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge at the Bengaluru Technology Summit. Virgin’s Hyperloop One is conducting similar studies along with the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh government as well.
The company has such tie-ups worldwide including Russia, Helsinki-Tallinn, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, Los Angeles, USA, Dubai-Abu Dhabi, and the United Arab Emirates. According to Earle, India is among the countries with the highest potential for Hyperloop technology, To start with, the Hyperloop system claims to have a capital cost per mile that is 60 percent of what a high-speed train would cost to build and operate.
“Hyperloop also takes a much smaller footprint, is less expensive to construct, uses very less electricity and is way faster than the bullet train,” Nick Earle, Global Field Operations for Virgin Hyperloop One claimed.
According to Earle, bullet train components are all manufactured in Japan, getting hardly any jobs to India. Hyperloop, on the other hand, plans to set up a research lab in the city, and license the technology to local manufacturers, which will create jobs, Earle said.
“The pod lifts off the track using magnetic levitation and glides at speed of an aircraft for long distances, owing to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. They can also create their own energy after a certain speed,” Earle said.
Hyperloop One recently opened up the projects to accept proposals from entrants around the world working on Hyperloop systems.Two Indian teams – AECOM and Hyperloop India – were selected among the 10 shortlisted candidates for the Hyperloop global challenge.While AECOM is working on the 334 km long Bangalore-Chennai route, Hyperloop India is working on the proposal for a 1,102km Mumbai-Chennai route