Elon Musk’s Hyperloop high-speed transportation system has temporarily lost steam in recent days, especially due to the current challenging financial situation around the world, but a Canadian startup called Transpod has hit an unprecedented ultra-high-speed ground. demonstrated mobility systems that promise to offer faster transportation than jet aircraft at almost half the cost. Called the Fluxjet, it is the name of a new Hyperloop-style fully electric vacuum-tube train that can cover the distance from Calgary to Edmonton (186 miles) in just 45 minutes. The company currently plans to build a network system called the Transpod Line between two cities in Canada and says it has raised $550 million in funding needed for the project.
The estimated cost of the 186-mile tube network required for the project would be approximately $18 billion. “Preliminary construction work, including an environmental impact assessment, has begun,” reads the Transpod website. The company claims that a trip from Calgary to Edmonton will cost only $75 and that the highway connecting the two cities will cut off about a third of traffic. Being fully electric, FluxJet will also go a long way in reducing CO2 emissions. The company expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 636,000 tonnes annually.
The Fluxjet mass transport system will use pods up to 25 meters long that will seat approximately 54 passengers or carry time-sensitive cargo. It will be powered by four “levitation engines”, which will help it achieve a top speed of 746mph and a cruising speed of 621mph. However, pods will travel very slowly between urban stations. A set of “landing gear” will retract only when the pod speed exceeds 186mph.
Although the pods will have some onboard batteries, they will be equipped with a contactless power pickup unit to receive power from the tubes. Take a look at the explainer video by the company; It’s great!