Inside the new Dutch hyperloop test centre that hopes to revolutionise Europe’s future transport

  • Date: 03/28/2024

While critics claim it's an example of policymakers "chasing a shiny object," backers believe hyperloop could become a mainstay of future travel.

A 420-meter white steel tube running alongside a railway line in the windswept northern Netherlands could usher in a new era in the transportation of people and freight.

The tube is the heart of the new European Hyperloop Center that opens on Tuesday and will be a proving ground in coming years for developers of the evolving technology.

Hyperloop, once trumpeted by tech mogul Elon Musk, involves capsules floating on magnetic fields zipping at speeds of arund 700 kph through low-pressure tubes.

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