The future of green travel lies in today’s cutting-edge and futuristic innovation, or perhaps, the Hyperloop. An idea conceptualized by Elon Musk, the man behind Paypal, Tesla Motors, and Spacex, has generated a lot of excitement and also skepticism.
Hyperloop is an elevated tube through which capsules or pods travel. Three years ago, Musk released the Alpha design for the Hyperloop, extending from Los Angeles to San Francisco with the capacity to transport passengers between the two cities in only 35 minutes, at an average speed of over 600 miles per hour.
Engineers have long tried to overcome the barriers to high-speed
transportation, which are: air resistance and friction. Many efforts in the past, have been largely unsuccessful. While many have become successful by using magnetically levitating trains. Musk’s passenger capsules, however, are slightly different. Each of these pods will travel through the steel tube, floating in one millimeter of air that is forced through the openings on the bottom of the capsule. The steel tube will be partial vacuum, which will ultimately help in overcoming air resistance. The steel tube will be equipped with linear induction motors, dictating the acceleration and deceleration of each pod. The pods will be equipped with an inlet fan and air compressor on the front. The Hyperloop will be powered by solar panels and will be completely emissions-free.