A new hyperloop-style vacuum-tube train can reach 621 mph and reduce emissions
- FluxJet is a fully electric high-speed magnetic train that is a hybrid between an aircraft and a train.
- It will reduce emissions while offering incredibly fast travel at 621 mph.
- FluxJet behaves like a conventional electric train, traveling at 55 mph (90 kph) near urban areas.
We have been waiting a long time for vacuum tubes to be used for transportation, after witnessing how fast they work in hospitals or old government buildings.
Now, a Canadian startup, TransPod, is building the world’s leading ultra-high-speed ground transportation system, the TransPod Line, to redefine passenger and cargo transportation using FluxJet.
The FluxJet will operate exclusively on the TransPod Line, a network system with stations in key locations and major cities, featuring high-frequency departures designed to enable fast, affordable, and safe travel.
Featuring technological leaps in contactless power transmission and a new field of physics called veillance flux, the FluxJet is a fully electric high-speed magnetic train that is effectively a hybrid between an aircraft and a train. It can move at the speeds of 621 mph (1,000 kph) and reach a top speed of 746 mph (1,200 kph), in a vacuum tube.
The train is made up of 25-meter-long wagons that have a capacity of up to 54 passengers and is able to carry up to 22,000 pounds (10 tonnes) of payload.
FluxJet behaves like a conventional electric train, traveling at 55 mph (90 kph) near urban areas. However, when it goes out into rural areas, it enters a launch booth, which creates a vacuum in the tube and uses a kind of air pump to propel the train.
After FluxJet packs enough speed, magnetic drives are activated that allow the train to maintain speed without the need to roll, which avoids friction.
A milestone in ground travel
“This milestone is a major leap forward,” said Ryan Janzen, co-founder and CTO, TransPod. “The FluxJet is at a nexus of scientific research, industrial development, and massive infrastructure to address passengers’ needs and reduce our dependence on fossil-fuel-heavy jets and highways.”
The project will cost about $18 billion, but the company had recently secured funding of $550 million from U.S.-based Broughton Capital Group, in cooperation with China-East Resources.
While being a pricey project, this ultra-high-speed transportation project will create up to 140,000 jobs and add $19.2 billion to the region’s GDP throughout construction.
“TransPod completely changes the game with ultra high-speed, zero-emission passenger travel and freight transportation between major gateway cities,” said Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS Discovery District. “It is time for bold action from our policymakers, investors, and operators to support the commercialization of made-in-Canada innovations like TransPod, to win in the multi-trillion dollar global innovation economy.”
The project will also help reduce CO2 emissions by 636,000 tonnes per year.
We are thrilled to witness such a project, that will not only reduce travel time but will help reduce CO2 emissions.