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India՚s first Hyperloop project has been planned in Andhra Pradesh, connecting its city centers, Vijayawada and Amaravati with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) inking MoUwith Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) for developing the project.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Details on the Project

  • First project in India to innovatively use Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with funding primarily from private investors.
  • First phase- HTT will conduct six-month feasibility study
  • Proposed hyperloop will cover 35 km distance between Vijayawada and Amaravati only in five minutes.

Hyperloop Technology

  • Hyperloop is idea of entrepreneur Elon Musk.
  • System of magnetically levitating capsules (pods) sent at high speeds through low-pressure tubes.
  • Due to vacuum in the tubes, the tube modular transport system runs free of friction.
  • Linear Induction motors are used to propel the pods.
  • Technology still in trial stages in different countries

Advantages of Hyperloop

  • Faster than fastest high-speed rail.
  • Smaller civil engineering footprint compared to other mass transits.
  • No direct emissions or noise compared to railways.
  • System՚s capital cost per mile is only 60 % of high-speed rail, and is less expensive to operate
  • Hyperloop departures could happen every 20 seconds- a frequency not possible with other mass transit systems.
  • Has inherently high-energy efficiency due to reduced friction.

Challenges of Hyperloop

  • Requires heavy investments requiring effective public and private sector coordination
  • Technology is yet unproven.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 12, 2017

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