Hyperloop is a new mode of passenger and freight transportation that uses pods through a near-vacuum tube at speed of nearly 1200 km/hr. A pod probably is a cylindrical chamber or coach which is propelled by renewable energy sources such as wind-energy, solar-energy and regenerative braking inside a near-vacuum tube extending upto hundreds of miles.
Just like a long railway track or a highway, the tube would connect major cities across various states. The only difference is the operating environment. While hyperloop operates in a low pressure or near-vacuum, the others modes of transport operate in high pressure and dense atmosphere.
Highlights of Hyperloop Transportation Technology
- It runs at a top speed of 1200 km/hr which means Mumbai to Ahmedabad in just 30 minutes. Fast isn’t it?
- The project costs 1 billion dollars to connect a distance of 340 km wihtin a completion period of 38 months. Again, quick isn’t it?
- It does not depend upon conventional sources of energy rather it derives energy from wind, sun and regenerative braking.
- Hyperloop transportation would cost nearly Rs. 4/km.
- The tubes stand on pylons (pillar like structures) that can withstand earthquakes and crashes.
- The project involves 800 engineers world-wide out of which 25 are from India. Moreover 2 Indian companies are also reported to be part of the project.
The “Make in India” initiative has induced competition in the Indian market. It has revived the economy and has attracted the foreign investors. Major global corporations are furiously competing against each other to clinch the contracts. The multi-role aircraft deal saw SAAB, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin lock horns. Now the most ambitious infrastructure project of India i.e. Bullet-train connectivity in collaboration with Japan is facing the same heat. It has got a tough contender in form of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT).
Hyperloop Vs Bullet-Train
Let us compare both the means of transportation and then draw inference.
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Clearly Hyperloop emerges the winner out of two and seems to be a better mode of transportation. Eventhough, it is not commercially functional yet and will definitely be a risky move. But given its dependence on renewable sources of energy, high speed, safety features, low operational costs, and high efficiency, Hyperloop is definitely a thing that deserves a shot.