A revolutionary hover train, a so-called hyper-running system, has passed a first serious test in Delft, in the presence of Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure (VVD) and European Commissioner Bulc of Mobility.

The Hardt Hyperloop has moved through an experimental tunnel tube of 30 meters in length. The tube through which a passenger car could pass is vacuumed to remove the air resistance.

The gondola floats on a magnetic field, so there is no friction. The gliding train, which will also not be hindered by weather conditions, must be able to reach speeds of up to 1000 kilometers per hour in the future.

The ambition of Hardt Hyperloop is to replace more than half of the short haul flights in Europe, which would result in enormous CO2 savings. Nearly zero emissions and zero accidents are the ambition of the company, which was founded by a number of students from Delft University of Technology. The now mature start-up has attracted more than 15 million euros in investments.

European standard

At the opening of the test tube, European Commissioner Bulc from Slovenia said that the hyperloop is "a technique with great potential that can turn the current way of thinking about transport upside down."

Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen also supports the hyperloop, if only to not miss the boat. Such a project is also being worked on in the United States and China.

Bulc said that it wanted to work towards a European standard for the hyperloop. "That is the only way to attract more investors." The Dutch ministry is helping Hardt Hyperloop to find a next test location.

More tests

The 30-meter-long Delft meter is a start, but they are insufficient to perform tests at a higher speed. Hardt Hyperloop is looking for a place for an experimental tube of three kilometers in length, in which a gondola must be able to reach 700 kilometers per hour. Different locations are visible: Delft itself, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and also the province of Flevoland.

Ineke Dezentjé Hamming, chairman of the FME metal employers' association, hopes that an agreement will be reached soon. She is afraid that the hyperloop will otherwise disappear abroad. "These guys are being pulled from all sides." Hardt Hyperloop would also be interested in Germany and Spain.

Dezentjé Hamming expects the hyperloop to be operational in nine years. Hardt Hyperloop hopes to build a complete European network that will connect the largest cities, from Edinburgh to Istanbul. The journey time, the aim is, is never more than three hours.

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