A Hyperloop test track is to be built in West Virginia, which will also serve to certify safety standards. Passenger transport is to be permitted from 2025.
The Hyperloop is one of the projects with which Tesla boss Elon Musk wants to revolutionize traffic. Thanks to electric cars, rockets, tunnels and the Hyperloop, traffic will be faster and more environmentally friendly in the future. In the Hyperloop, a passenger capsule speeds through a virtually airless tube – Musk launched the project seven years ago. Designs from Europe regularly shine in the competition for the best Hyperloop capsule. Now, a test site called the Certification Center is to be built in the U.S. state of West Virginia with a long Hyperloop tube.
Virgin Hyperloop One wants to start building the Certification Center in the U.S. state of West Virginia in 2022.
Billionaire Richard Branson invests
Hyperloop One is among the companies working on the technical implementation of the Hyperloop. U.S. billionaire and Virgin founder Richard Branson has invested in the company and has since renamed it Virgin Hyperloop One. Virgin Hyperloop One is now investing 500 million dollars (currently the equivalent of around 424 million euros) in a test site that is to be built from 2022. The tube located on the site is to be explicitly available to U.S. authorities for issuing safety certificates. Virgin Hyperloop One would like to receive permission to transport passengers in 2025, with regular passenger transport starting in 2030.
Bit by bit, things are becoming more concrete in terms of the Hyperloop. Virgin Hyperloop One has now announced the construction of a certification center in West Virginia starting in 2022, with regular passenger service scheduled to begin in 2030 at the latest. Even though there are still many imponderables about the project, courageous investors are putting a lot of money into its realization. A lack of funding, which in the past was often the reason for the failure of future transportation projects, does not stand in the way of success here.