Super-fast, renewable-powered trains were a topic of discussion for a while, especially after the Hyperloop Alpha project was announced. However, hea proposal that Elon Musk from 2013 has not yet shown can be feasible and in the meantime, other companies have floated other ideas.
The TransPod company has announced the construction of a turbo train that will fly at high speed in Canada and will link Calgary and Edmonton in just 45 minutes. These two Canadian cities are 304 kilometers apart and it currently takes almost 3 hours by car and just over 4 hours by public transport to get from one to the other.
The developers of this ultra-fast mode of transportation have dubbed it the FluxJet and claim that will use only renewable energy. In this way, you can transport merchandise and passengers without generating a carbon footprint.
For it to be operational there is still a long way to go and TransPod is not the only company that is trying to develop this type of train. Despite this, the illustrations they have shown show a design that will allow travel in Canada to be carried out quickly and luxuriously.
In total, the brand intends to ensure that its wagons fit 54 passengerswith space for 2 wheelchairs and 4 luggage racks. In addition, TransPod hopes that “every 80 seconds, a capsule can leave the station and travel to new destinations”, so they will not only be fast trains, but will reduce waiting times.
FluxJet succeeds with Hyperloop
The brand is so confident with its project that they have cited a tweet that makes reference to Elon Musk as part of the competition. “Hey @elonmusk, have you seen this?” a user posted on Twitter about the project, to which TransPod responded. with an image of his proposal devouring the tycoon’s idea.
Passengers will board the cars at the ends, first having to pass through a barrier that will protect the encapsulated track. Once all passengers enter the train, the platform doors will be closed, the ramps will be retracted and the doors of each car will also be hermetically closed.
FluxJet is estimated to move up to 1,200 km/hwhich will make it faster than a current high-speed train and even a conventional plane. In order to achieve this figure, the train will be powered by a magnetic flotation system with a network of low pressure tubes.
The magnetic levitation technology that eliminates rolling resistance will be used only when the train leaves the cities. This system causes the train to reach high speeds that are inadvisable in an urban environment.
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