Hyperloop One unveils 9 new potential European routes for high-speed travel

At a press conference in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Hyperloop One outlined its grand vision to connect Europe with a continent-wide hyperloop network.

Nine potential European routes were unveiled for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge at the event.

More than one of the routes such as Corsica to Sardinia and Spain to Morocco involve crossing large bodies of water but as Hyperloop One plans to make extensive use of tunnels, water may actually be less of a financial and time consuming barrier to overcome than solid ground as it would require less tunneling.

The planned routes show travel times of 15 minutes for a 204km journey between Frankfurt and Stuttgart in Germany, and a 24-minute trip between Edinburgh and Manchester in the United Kingdom - which are 330km apart.

Elon Musk's Hyperloop One has proposed nine European routes, one of which includes a fast ride from London to Edinburgh.

Earlier this spring, Hyperloop One revealed 11 possible routes in the US for its futuristic transportation system. They would be accelerated gradually via electric propulsion through the low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.

In the meantime, Hyperloop one is still working on its hyperloop technology.

"Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a fully functioning hyperloop system test track", said Hyperloop One co-founder and president of engineering Josh Giegel.

Hyperloop One wants to connect the entire world with trains that can reach speeds upwards of 700 miles per hour.

An image showing passengers boarding the Hyperloop transportation system.

Hyperloop One's pitch is to offer better transport for people living outside major cities and increase the capacity of strategic corridors to create mega-regions in Europe.

"We've seen a lot of interest here, and we look forward to creating a partnership to enhance the Continent's transport infrastructure", said Rob Lloyd, chief executive officer of Hyperloop One. 9 European proposals have advanced to the semi-final round of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge of more than 2,600 participants' initial submissions.

The undersea link would cut a almost two-hour ferry ride down to 30 minutes, but a Hyperloop tunnel would cut the trip to just six minutes.

  • Zachary Reyes