New bet for Elon Musk. The businessman, founder of the automotive group Tesla and the aeronautical company SpaceX, said in a tweet that an agreement had been given to the Boring Company, a company specializing in tunneling, which he also created. Objective: to deploy its future very high speed train, theHyperloop.
“A verbal agreement”
“I just received verbal approval from the government for the Boring Company, to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 minutes,” the billionaire tweeted on his Twitter account, using the abbreviations for New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, the federal capital. About 330 kilometers separate New York from Washington. About the same distance as for Paris-Rennes.
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Solicited, the US Department of Transportation referred to a White House spokesman, who did not confirm this agreement. “We have had promising discussions so far,” the spokesperson said, “and [nous] We are committed to delivering groundbreaking infrastructure projects and we believe that the best solutions have often come from the ingenuity and energy of the private sector. ”
Elon Musk is only directly involved in the construction of the tunnels, through his company The Boring Company. Trains are developed by other companies, with no capital link with them.
Other projects in California and Texas
In his tweets Thursday, Elon Musk did not explain who was the partner of the train project between New York and Washington. Several companies have positioned themselves in this market. In April, The Northeast Maglev, an American company, presented a project similar to the one mentioned Thursday by Elon Musk.
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It is working with the Japanese railway company JR Central, which has developed the so-called “Scmaglev” technology for Superconducting Magnetic Levitation, and is currently testing a new electromagnetic levitation train to link Tokyo to Osaka at a speed of 500 km / hour.
This company does not use the name Hyperloop, unlike d’Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), who are also developing their own magnetic levitation train project. In other tweets posted Thursday, Elon Musk talks about the creation of a very high speed connection between Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as a line connecting several cities in Texas. He also cites the tunnel currently under construction to relieve congestion in Los Angeles.
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