Tesla’s Hyperloop: From LA to San Francisco in 30 Minutes

Photo Courtesy of space.com

Photo Courtesy of space.com

The new idea produced by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, is a vacuum based transport system that would travel along the 1-5 corridors at 760 mph and 300 mph in urban areas that can transport someone from Los Angeles to San Fransisco in about 30 minutes, rather than 6 hours with a car, according to www.spacex.com.

Musk  been on the top of the news with the Tesla Model S being named the world’s safest car, and Space X being the first private company to reach the ISS,  according towww.spacex.com.

“The Hyperloop would be a rival for the new bullet railway system,”  Elon Musk said of his plans for the Hyperloop. “When the California ‘high speed’ rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too,” stated Musk. “How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL [section of NASA] – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” reported www.huffingtonpost.com.

The Hyperloop  will require a specially developed engine that can accelerate from 0 to 760 mph at a maximum of 1g for comfort. It is expected to cost $54,000,000, or $1,350,000 per car according to www.huffingtonpost.com. Elon Musk stated in his blueprints that he has divided the Hyperloop’s route into three separate parts, each with its own difficulties.

The Hyperloop will start in the Los Angeles Grapevine traveling  at 300 mph for 2:47 through the South, and at 555 mph for about 5 minutes through the North. The second leg of the journey would be along the I-5 and it will travel at 760 mph for about 18 minutes. And the final part of the journey along the I-580 for about 10 minutes where it will slow down to 300 mph from 555, according to Huffington Post.

According to news.cnet.com, the Hyperloop will not be built by Tesla Motors or Space X, because they are both “too busy” with all of the new ideas and projects, but a new company surfaced saying that they may produce the Hyperloop for them.

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