1. Hyperloop One has chosen ten routes around the world as the most viable to be built and one is in Mexico.
2. This brand, owned by Space X (Elon Musk’s space venture) proposed an entirely new transport system to move people long distances at amazingly fast speeds. It is not a plane, not a train, not a boat, but a hyperloop. Indeed, it is a vacuum tube in which vehicles hover thanks to magnetic fields and almost zero-friction. Talk about almost-zero CO2 emissions. Hyperloop is already being tested. See here a video of recent tests.
3. The company kicked-off the Global Challenge in 2016 to find the most viable routes for hyperloop. Over 2,600 teams signed in. Hyperloop One narrowed this proposals to the 35 most serious. Then, a team of expert judges recently named the 10 most feasible routes. And yes, the only Latin American route is in Mexico.
WHO WOULD BUILD IT?
5. It was proposed by FR-EE, an architecture firm owned by Fernando Romero. He is not also head of the same firm developing the New Mexico City Airport (NAICM, by its initials in Spanish) currently being built. He is also son-in-law of Carlos Slim, for many years the richest man in the world.
6. MexLoop as it is know, would link Mexico City to Guadalajara with stops in Queretaro and Leon. In fact, it would start not in the city but in NAICM. The full route (579km) would be covered in 38 min. It will take only 13 min to reach Quereato from Mexico City
7. Speeds can top 1200km/hr. However, in order to slow down at every stop, speeds will average 970km/hr
How much would it cost?
8. That is the best part. FF-EE is considering a cost of 300 to 600 Mexican pesos per trip (about AUD20 – AUD 40). It might be 8 times cheaper than current airfares.
WHAT OTHER ROUTES WON THE CHALLENGE?
9. The remaining 9 projected routes are in USA (4), UK (2), India (2) and Canada. The longest route is in India. The hyperloop linking Mumbai to Chennai will be 1,100km in just 63min. Another route would link the US-Mexico border town Laredo with Dallas.
IS IT A DONE DEAL?
10. Nothing binds HyperLoop One to build one of these 10 routes. There is no commitment yet from the company or local governments to build it. As one of the 10 winning teams, HyperLoop will provide engineering and business assistance to develop this project. However, there national governments supporting less “viable” routes than the 10 choses. One of them is Abu Dhabi – Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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