Dutch to build five kilometre hyperloop test track
The Netherlands will build a hyperloop, a technology that enables people as well as goods to be transported through a vacuum tube at a speed of up to 1,200 kilometres per hour.
Mrs. Schultz (VVD), the Dutch transport minister, has green lighted a project for a test track. It will be build for a total distance of 5 kilometres in the Vogelweg in Flevoland.
The Netherlands strongly believe in this new means of transport, because they think that it will have a positive impact on the social and economic life.
Creating jobs and expertise with hyperloop testing
According to Schultz, the test track will create hundreds of new jobs and will give Dutch companies knowledge and expertise about the technology, a knowledge that they can record in intellectual property rights.
The project will also make clear how high speed switches, vehicles and stations can best be designed. In addition, it must also be shown whether the system can offer sufficient safety, capacity and comfort and how the costs will evolve.
The developments surrounding the hyperloop have gone fast since the launch of the idea in 2013. Two companies – Hardt from Delft and Hyperloop One from the United States – have indicated that they are looking for a location to test and certify the hyperloop concept for passenger and freight transport.
The hyperloop is an idea of Tesla founder Elon Musk.