Hardt Hyperloop wants to make a hyperloop connecting Amsterdam and Frankfurt that would take only 50 minutes, according to the Dutch hyperloop startup.
Barreling at high speeds of over 1,000 kilometers through a vacuum tube, a hyperloop connecting Amsterdam and Frankfurt would take less than hour, even taking into account seven stops along the way.
A hyperloop is a proposed mode of passenger and/or freight transportation, first used to describe an open-source vactrain design released by a joint team from Tesla and SpaceX.
A joint study by Dutch startup Hardt Hyperloop and Royal Schiphol Group revealed last week at the HyperSummit in Utrecht that an Amsterdam-Frankfurt route is 450 kilometers long and that the journey, with seven intermediate stations, takes around 50 minutes. This stands in sharp contrast to the four hours it would take using regular transport.
“We are actively seeking collaboration with various other organisations in order to develop knowledge in the field of new forms of mobility, innovative transport networks and changes in the mobility landscape,” said Richard Emmerink, Director of Corporate Development at Royal Schiphol Group in a statement.
“We are, within this context, looking forward to the collaboration with Hardt and the other partners of the Hyperloop Implementation Program,” he added.
According to the joint study, the Amsterdam-Frankfurt route could serve more than 4.3 million residents and the hyperloop could carry more than 48 million passengers annually. The hyperloop would provide a sustainable alternative for the approximately two million airline passengers annually, which would save 83,690 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
Developed on a very energy-efficient platform, with the possibility of installing solar technology on the outside of the tube, and with the configuration of the vehicles designed to adapt to customers’ social travel trend projections, the hyperloop researched at Hardt Hyperloop is an ambitious undertaking.
Hardt Hyperloop believes in a connected world through a high-capacity transportation system connecting cities of every size at any distance, including a regional loop connecting cities, and a high-speed loop connecting countries.
This network of cross-border cities, all connected in one network would work like a highway, with on- and off-ramps to go from city to city without transfers, offering a point-to-point, direct connection.
The hyperloop infrastructure would not be subject to sound or environmental emissions and integrated solar panels would offer the necessary energy to power the technology, according to the Dutch startup.
Hyperloop is ‘absurdly expensive, insanely dangerous’
According to a report last year in Interesting Engineering, “The Hyperloop is not impossible, however, it is entirely impracticable, expensive, and insanely dangerous. Right now, the Hyperloop won’t work.”
The list of impracticalities goes on and on including everything from cost to spontaneous decompression to terrorist attack vulnerabilities, not to mention government red tape and environmental impact.
According to Innovation Origins, “The atmospheric pressure on the tubes under vacuum would be 10 tons per square meter, basically the weight of a lorry. With just the slightest crack, outside air would enter the tubes at the speed of sound, and the infrastructure would implode.”
However, Hardt Hyperloop believes in connecting as many people as possible and is “working hard to make it suitable for the whole population.”