Canada could receive a 1,000 km/h vacuum tube train

Canada could receive a 1,000 km/h vacuum tube train

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(CNN) — A Canadian company has unveiled plans for an all-electric train-style vehicle that could travel 1,000 kilometers per hour and it says would cost less than a plane ticket to travel.

FluxJet was announced by TransPod in its hometown of Toronto last month, featuring a scaled-down, one-tonne version of what it calls “the plane-train hybrid” with a live demonstration of its capabilities.

It is based on principles similar to the “hyperloop” concept made famous by American entrepreneur Elon Musk: FluxJet will be propelled at ultra-fast speeds along a protected guide tube using revolutionary technology based on a new domain of physics called “flow watch”.

TransPod expects Fluxjet to be in service by 2035.

courtesy of TransPod

The pods are in magnetic levitation and the vacuum tubes allow them to move at high speed.

The idea is that the train will run exclusively on a network system called the TransPod Line, with stations in major cities and key locations.

The proposed first phase of an estimated $18 billion infrastructure project will link the Canadian cities of Calgary and Edmonton, some 300 kilometers apart, or a three-hour drive.

FluxJet offers travel speeds faster than an airplane and three times that of a high-speed train, meaning it would reduce travel time to 45 minutes.

TransPod hopes this will reduce road traffic and reduce carbon emissions.

TransPod hopes this will reduce road traffic and reduce carbon emissions.

courtesy of TransPod

Earlier this year, the TransPod announced that it had so far secured $550 million in funding for the venture. The project is currently in the research and development phase, focusing on environmental assessment and land acquisition.

Sébastien Gendron, co-founder and CEO of TransPod, told CNN that “The first phase of construction consists of connecting Edmonton Airport, which is expected to start in late 2023, and the full line from Calgary to Edmonton in 2027. “. .”

The network will carry up to 54 passengers and 10 tons of freight at a time in FluxJet vehicles, with trains departing every two minutes, according to TransPod’s vision.

The company says the new system will help reduce road traffic massively, as well as reduce CO2 emissions by around 636,000 tonnes per year.

He claims that traveling on the FluxJet will cost around 44% less than a plane ticket for the same trip, but no timetable has yet been announced as to when the public could expect to travel on a FluxJet, or what other cities could be in this multi-billionaire. -dollar network, these projections seem to involve a fair amount of guesswork about how the next few years might unfold.

A service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is under discussion.

A service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is under discussion.

courtesy of TransPod

TransPod says it is focused on world’s first designs and technological breakthroughs and that it “develops all aspects of a new tube transportation system, from design to system engineering, from the ground up. , all internally and with our partners.”

Magnetically levitated Fluxjet trains will shoot down their guideways using aerodynamic and propulsion systems designed to reduce friction. TransPod says the experience “will feel like you’re accelerating smoothly down a jet track, then rolling at full speed inside the tube’s guideway.”

Gendron tells CNN that his team estimates that FluxJet will transport its first passengers by public transport before 2035. As for projects beyond Calgary-Edmonton, he specifies that “discussions are already underway in Texas to connect Dallas to San Antonio , United Arab Emirates. to connect Dubai to Abu Dhabi and Australia to connect Sydney to Brisbane.”

Top image courtesy of TransPod

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