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27 Sep 2021
Hyperloop included in DP World pavilion at Expo

Full-scale cargo exterior, cutaway passenger interior, and interactive content will be on display.

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27 Jan 2021
Exclusive first look at Virgin Hyperloop's pods

With a never-before-seen passenger experience, Virgin Hyperloop promises speeds of up to 600 miles per hour.

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08 Nov 2020
First passengers ride hyperloop

Two employees of Virgin Hyperloop traveled on a small system the company has built near Las Vegas, the first such manned test.

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11 Aug 2021
Hyperloop gets huge boost in infrastructure bill

Bill includes provisions for hyperloop projects in the U.S.

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18 Feb 2019
A real tube carrying dreams of 600-M.P.H. transit

Virgin Hyperloop is testing a system that would put passengers in pods hurtling through vacuum tubes. Other companies are moving ahead with similar plans.

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31 Jul 2019
India labels hyperloop as infrastructure project

Hyperloop is being treated like any other public infrastructure project such as bridges, roads and railways.

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Press Releases

27 Sep 2021
Virgin Hyperloop to Debut Full Scale Commercial Pod in DP World FLOW Pavilion at Expo 2020
10 Aug 2021
Hyperloop Included in Landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
06 May 2021
CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop Speaks to U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Emerging Mass Transportation Technology
01 Mar 2021
Historic Hyperloop Vehicle to be Unveiled to the Public at the Smithsonian FUTURES Exhibition this Fall
27 Jan 2021
Virgin Hyperloop Unveils Passenger Experience Vision
15 Dec 2020
Technology Innovation Institute and Virgin Hyperloop Announce R&D Partnership to Advance Future Transport and Logistics in the UAE
09 Dec 2020
Hyperloop Technology Included in European Union Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy
08 Nov 2020
First Passengers Travel Safely on a Hyperloop
08 Oct 2020
Virgin Hyperloop Unveils West Virginia as the Location for the Hyperloop Certification Center
27 Sep 2020
Virgin Hyperloop and Bangalore International Airport Limited Announce Groundbreaking Partnership to Conduct Feasibility Study
27 Aug 2020
Virgin Hyperloop and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Launch Partnership to Bring Equitable STEM Education to the Next Generation
23 Jul 2020
Secretary Elaine Chao Unveils Guidance Document for Regulation of Hyperloop Months Ahead of Schedule and Establishes Eligibility for Project Funding
21 Jul 2020
Virgin Hyperloop Appoints Raja Narayanan as Chief Financial Officer
07 Jul 2020
Hyperloop Language Passes in House as Part of Moving Forward Act
30 Jun 2020
MBZUAI and Virgin Hyperloop Partner to Advance Transportation Sector in the Middle East Through AI
25 Jun 2020
Virgin Hyperloop and Spirit AeroSystems Announce Collaboration Agreement
29 May 2020
Ohio Officials Announce Results of Midwest Hyperloop Feasibility Study
06 Feb 2020
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Leads with World’s First National Hyperloop Study, in Partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One
11 Jan 2020
In Giant Leap Forward, Virgin Hyperloop One Announces Technology Can Be Powered Completely Off-Grid In Middle East
26 Nov 2019
Certifer Confirms Virgin Hyperloop One Technology is Ready for Independent Third-Party Safety Assessment
20 Nov 2019
Autodesk and Virgin Hyperloop One Announce Joint Effort to Explore Advanced Route Optimization, Transportation Design, and Construction Technology
31 Oct 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One and Saudi Arabia’s KAUST Partner to Spur Country’s Technology and Transport Development
24 Oct 2019
Hyperloop Study by Virgin Hyperloop One and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City Reveals $4 Billion Increase in Saudi GDP and 124,000 High-tech Localized Jobs by 2030
16 Oct 2019
For First Time, Federal Lawmakers Gather in Support of Hyperloop Technology on Capitol Hill
27 Sep 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One Commits to Becoming World’s Most Energy-Efficient Mode of Mass Transportation
23 Sep 2019
Five New Stops Added to Virgin Hyperloop One U.S. Roadshow
18 Sep 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One and KPMG Estimate 1.8 Million New Jobs and $36 Billion in Socioeconomic Benefits for the Region
31 Jul 2019
India Advances World’s First Passenger Hyperloop System
30 Jul 2019
Groundbreaking Hyperloop Pod Hits the Road Across America
22 Jul 2019
Saudi Arabia Looks to Build World’s First Long-Range Hyperloop Test Track In Partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One
12 Jul 2019
North Carolina Becomes Ninth State to Explore Virgin Hyperloop One Technology
26 Jun 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One Zooms into Capitol Hill to Present Pioneering Transit Technology, Government Partnerships & Viable Routes Across the U.S.
24 Jun 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One Announces Collaboration with Washington University in St. Louis
12 Mar 2019
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao Announces New Council to Support Hyperloop Commercialization
28 Nov 2018
Virgin Hyperloop One Chosen To Represent United States As Apex Of Global Innovation At World’s Fair, Expo 2020, In Dubai
08 Nov 2018
Virgin Hyperloop One Announces New Leadership Team to Support Commercialization and Implementation of World’s First Hyperloop System
17 Oct 2018
Black & Veatch Announces Results of First-Ever Feasibility Study of a Hyperloop in the United States, Confirms Commercial Viability of Virgin Hyperloop One Technology
13 Sep 2018
Virgin Hyperloop One Selected To Testify At United States Senate Hearing In First-Ever Appearance Of A Hyperloop Company Before Congressional Committee
07 Aug 2018
Spanish Government Agency ADIF Signs Comprehensive Deal To Open First European Hyperloop Development Facility With Virgin Hyperloop One
11 Jul 2018
Texas Officials Confirm Hyperloop As Technology Option For Dallas-Arlington-Ft. Worth High Speed Corridor
20 Jun 2018
Ohio Officials Announce Trailblazing Initiative To Study Virgin Hyperloop One Technology For Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh Route
18 Jun 2018
Chief Minister Of Maharashtra Visits Virgin Hyperloop One’s Test Facility To View Live Test; Feasibility Study Of Pune-Mumbai Route In Advanced Stage
22 May 2018
Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Project Advances To Second Half Of Feasibility Study, Unveils Vision For Denver Intl Airport Portal
29 Apr 2018
DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One Introduce DP World Cargospeed
02 Apr 2018
Virgin Hyperloop One Solidifies Commitment to Vision 2030 Through Pod Unveiling with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and Richard Branson
21 Feb 2018
RTA Unveils Prototype of Hyperloop Design in UAE Innovation Month
21 Feb 2018
MORPC Announces $2.5 Million Rapid-Speed Transportation Initiative
21 Feb 2018
Vision 2030 Commitment Continues in the Kingdom as MISK and Virgin Hyperloop One Create New Program to Train Saudi Engineers
18 Feb 2018
Indian State of Maharashtra Announces Their Intent to Build First Hyperloop Route in India and Signs Historic Agreement with Virgin Hyperloop One
30 Jan 2018
Kansas City to St. Louis Hyperloop Project Kicks Off with Feasibility Study
08 Jan 2018
Virgin Hyperloop One Shares First Look at the Hyperloop End-to-End Passenger Experience and Publicly Unveils Test Pod Fresh from Historic Test Run
18 Dec 2017
Virgin Hyperloop One Names Richard Branson Chairman, Closes $50 Million of Financing, and Sets New Speed Record
16 Nov 2017
Virgin Hyperloop One Signs MOU In India With The Government Of Maharashtra To Conduct Its Preliminary Study
16 Nov 2017
Virgin Hyperloop One signs MOU in India with the Government of Karnataka to conduct its Preliminary Study
18 Oct 2017
Virgin Hyperloop One Appoints New Co-Executive Chairman And Vice Chairman To Board Of Directors
12 Oct 2017
Introducing Virgin Hyperloop One
21 Sep 2017
Hyperloop One Closes Series B-1 Round of $85 million
14 Sep 2017
Hyperloop One Announces 10 Winners for Hyperloop One Global Challenge
02 Aug 2017
Hyperloop One Goes Farther and Faster Achieving Historic Speeds
12 Jul 2017
Hyperloop One Makes History with World's First Successful Hyperloop Full Systems Test
06 Jan 2017
Hyperloop One's Vision for Europe Summit: Unveiling 9 Routes Spanning the Continent as Part of its Global Challenge
06 Apr 2017
Hyperloop One Unveils its Vision for America, Details 11 Routes as Part of Global Challenge
28 Mar 2017
Hyperloop One Shares Transformative Vision for the Future of Manufacturing
07 Mar 2017
Hyperloop One Reveals First Images of Nevada Desert Development Site (DevLoop) at Middle East Rail
28 Feb 2017
Hyperloop One and Indian Government Officials Lead First-Ever Summit to Discuss India’s Most Promising Hyperloop Routes
06 Jan 2017
Hyperloop One Announces Semifinalists of Its Global Challenge
08 Nov 2016
Hyperloop One Defines the Future of Transport in Dubai
13 Oct 2016
Hyperloop One Announces $50M In New Financing And The Addition Of Former Uber CFO And Google Treasurer Brent Callinicos As Chief Financial Advisor
27 Sep 2016
Hyperloop One To Join Dubai Future Accelerators Inaugural Program
15 Aug 2016
Hyperloop One, DP World Sign Agreement To Pursue A Hyperloop Route In Dubai
27 Jul 2016
Hyperloop One Announces Opening Of Hyperloop One Metalworks
05 Jul 2016
Hyperloop One, FS Links And KPMG Publish World’s First Study Of Full Scale Hyperloop System
21 Jun 2016
Hyperloop One Announces New Russian Partnership And Global Challenge Updates
11 May 2016
Hyperloop One Builds A Growing Network Of Global Partners To Pursue New Opportunities
11 May 2016
Hyperloop One Accelerates Towards Making Hyperloop A Reality With Successful Propulsion Test And New Partnerships With Global Infrastructure Giants

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18 Jul 2021
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01 Jul 2021
Hyperloop could be the missing link in making mobility greener
08 Jun 2021
Intelligent Transport
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20 May 2021
The hyperloop may change more than just travel
13 May 2021
Green tech companies look to capitalize on Biden's Infrastructure Plan
06 May 2021
Virgin Hyperloop shows off the future: mass transport in floating magnetic pods
19 Mar 2021
Virgin Hyperloop CEO on investing in infrastructure
08 Mar 2021
Hyperloop eyes EU transport funding in bid to go mainstream
01 Mar 2021
Virgin Hyperloop's historic pod is going to the Smithsonian
23 Feb 2021
Josh Giegel is hyperloop’s true believer — and its best hope
18 Feb 2021
Hindustan Times
Demonstration tech for Virgin Hyperloop in India would be good move: Niti Aayog
27 Jan 2021
Incredible video shows how people will ride 700 mph tube
15 Dec 2020
Khaleej Times
Hyperloop agreement to advance future transport in UAE
15 Dec 2020
America's CEOs have advice for Biden's long road ahead
11 Dec 2020
New Civil Engineer
EU backs hyperloop in sustainability strategy
10 Nov 2020
Richard Branson beats Elon Musk
10 Nov 2020
1st passengers on Virgin’s Hyperloop share their experience
08 Oct 2020
Virgin Hyperloop will build its next facility in coal country
27 Sep 2020
Times of India
Connecting Bengaluru city to KIA via Virgin Hyperloop
02 Sep 2020
The hyperloop will revolutionize transportation in the post-coronavirus world
07 Aug 2020
Business Today
Mass transit at airliner speeds
06 Aug 2020
The Economist
Could dawdling America lead the world in a new form of transport?
24 Jul 2020
Hyperloop projects are now eligible for federal funding in the US
23 Jul 2020
Business Today
Who is Raja Narayanan, the new CFO of Virgin Hyperloop
09 Jul 2020
New Civil Engineer
Hyperloop receives US Government support
30 Jun 2020
Gulf News
Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence enters a hyperloop partnership
25 Jun 2020
'Floating on air': Virgin Hyperloop signs deal with key jet parts maker
23 Jun 2020
Design Wanted
The archi-design factor traveling at 1,200 km/h in a tunnel – Virgin Hyperloop
01 Jun 2020
Virgin Hyperloop is designing travel that will enable you to work from anywhere
29 May 2020
Midwest hyperloop route could lead to $300 billion in economic benefits
21 Jan 2020
USA Today
Air taxis, hyperloop, self-driving cars: what your commute could look like in 2030
15 Jan 2020
17 states submit proposals to host Hyperloop Certification Center
13 Jan 2020
Arabian Business
UAE-backed Virgin Hyperloop One in the Middle East - unplugged
13 Nov 2019
New York Magazine
Predications about life in 2029, based on 2019
07 Nov 2019
The Wall Street Journal
Missouri dreams of traveling 700 miles an hour
04 Nov 2019
Virgin Hyperloop seeks backing to build U.S. certification center
15 Sep 2019
Arab News
VIP delegation tours Virgin Hyperloop One at WEC
13 Sep 2019
Kansas City Star
The hyperloop pod arrives in Kansas City. ‘When people see this, it’s believing’
07 Aug 2019
NBC Dallas Fort Worth
Virgin Hyperloop One bringing pod to North Texas as leaders take serious look at technology
06 Aug 2019
Columbus Dispatch
Columbus first stop on nationwide hyperloop tour
31 Jul 2019
Tech Crunch
India has labeled hyperloop as a public infrastructure project - here's why that matters
31 Jul 2019
The Hindu
Mumbai-Pune hyperloop project gets a crucial push
30 Jul 2019
Los Angeles Business Journal
Virgin Hyperloop One is taking its test pod on U.S. roadshow
24 Jul 2019
Hyperloop track to be built in Saudi Arabia
24 Jul 2019
Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Arabia: ECA, Virgin Hyperloop sign agreement
12 Jul 2019
North Carolina explores Hyperloop One system to connect the Triangle
10 Dec 2019
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05 Jul 2019
Meet the LA-based companies developing the hyperloop
28 May 2019
Barron's Penta
Virgin Hyperloop One’s $400 million bid to supercharge transportation
23 May 2019
The Wall Street Journal
The move to make hyperloop travel a reality
14 May 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One closes majority of $225 million funding round, filings show
24 Apr 2019
KSHB Kansas City
Missouri 'a model process' for proposed Hyperloop, CEO says
14 Apr 2019
Hindu Business Line
India on fast track to make Virgin Hyperloop One a reality
12 Mar 2019
US DOT forms council to support emerging transportation tech
12 Mar 2019
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City-St. Louis hyperloop on a fast track? New panel to look for funding
09 Mar 2019
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
State to begin study of hyperloop technology, potential Pittsburgh-to-Philadelphia route
16 Feb 2019
The Economic Times
Why India is positioned to lead the next transport revolution
12 Jan 2019
The Hindu
Mumbai-Pune in 25 minutes could be a reality
08 Jan 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One CTO on when you can ride: "years... not decades"
30 Nov 2018
Popular Mechanics
The hyperloop is hurtling toward the 2020 World's Fair
08 Nov 2018
Business Insider
Virgin Hyperloop One has hired on one of the world's most experienced transit executives as its new CEO
18 Oct 2018
Hyperloop study pushes I-70 Missouri route to forefront
09 Oct 2018
Asharq Al-Awsat
KSA and the hyperloop century

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  • Q. What is Virgin Hyperloop?

    We're a privately-held company on a mission to create fast, effortless journeys that expand possibilities and eliminate the barriers of distance and time.

  • Q. Why are you building a hyperloop?

    There are too many people caught bumper-to-bumper in traffic, who have to make a hard choice with their family on where to live and work, and who are limited in their access to experiences and opportunities. We're building a system that will give back time and deliver the travel experience of the future.

  • Q. Why do we need hyperloop now?

    The number of cars is set to double worldwide by 2040, same with air and trucking. We are already dealing with the effects of pollution, lack of access, and congestion. If we only invest in the same technologies we’ve had for more than a century, tomorrow will look like today, only much worse. It’s been over a century since the Wright Brothers first showed us human flight was possible. It’s time for a new era in transportation capable of carrying us forward for the next 100 years.

  • Q. How much funding has Virgin Hyperloop received?

    To date, we have received over $400 million.

  • Q. Who are the key investors in Virgin Hyperloop?

    A major investor of ours is DP World, a leading enabler of global trade who sees the potential of sustainable hyperloop-enabled cargo systems. Additionally, we are backed by the Virgin Group, an industry leader across rail, aviation, ships, and even spacecrafts. For more on our investors, visit the company page.

  • Q. Does Virgin Hyperloop have any partners?

    Virgin Hyperloop is the only hyperloop company that has a strategic partnership with a mass transportation company, the Virgin Group, an industry leader across rail, aviation, ships, and even spacecrafts. Another key partner of ours is DP World, a leading enabler of global trade who sees the potential of sustainable hyperloop-enabled cargo systems. Other industry-leading partners include Spirit AeroSystems, KPMG, Foster + Partners, Systra, BIG, SNCF, GE, Deutsche Bahn, Black & Veatch, McKinsey, Deloitte, Jacobs, Turner & Townsend, ARUP, and Steer, among others.

  • Q. Is Elon Musk an investor or affiliated with Virgin Hyperloop?

    No, there’s no connection with Elon Musk.

  • Q. How do you plan to scale up operations around the world?

    We aren't just building a hyperloop; we're building a network of public and private partners to scale an integrated supply chain ecosystem. Our business model is based on partnerships that create local jobs and opportunities for those who choose to invest in this technology. We are working at the highest level of governments around the globe to put in place commercial agreements to make hyperloop a reality.

  • Q. What is hyperloop?

    Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation designed to eliminate the barriers of distance and time for both people and freight. It can travel at speeds approaching 700mph, connecting cities like metro stops - and it has zero direct emissions. The journeys can be booked on demand so there’s no wait time or delays.

  • Q. How does hyperloop work?

    With hyperloop, vehicles, called pods, accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod floats along the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. Watch a video explaining the concepts here.

  • Q. Has hyperloop technology been proven?

    Yes. We’ve successfully run hundreds of tests at our full-scale prototype in the Nevada desert. On November 8, 2020, the first passengers traveled safely on a hyperloop – making transportation history. This test demonstrated that we can safely put a person in a near-vacuum environment, and our entire safety approach was validated by an independent third party.

  • Q. How fast can hyperloop go?

    We estimate that the top speed for a passenger vehicle or light cargo will be 670 miles per hour or 1080 kilometers per hour. That is about 3 times faster than high-speed rail and 10-15 times faster than traditional rail. The average speed vehicles travel will vary based on the route and customer requirements.

  • Q. Why keep the tube at low-pressure and not at a perfect vacuum?

    A perfect vacuum would decrease the drag on the vehicle even more, but not significantly. We have already gotten rid of 99.9% of the air in the tube. Lower levels of vacuum than this are important if you are performing scientific experiments, but the cost would not be worthwhile.

  • Q. How is hyperloop different from high-speed trains?

    Hyperloop is an entirely new mode - think the best of trains, planes, and the metro. Hyperloop is on-demand, offering flexible travel schedules with no stops, no transfers, and no weather delays – all at speeds about 3 times faster than high-speed-rail and less cost. Hyperloop is highly efficient, with a smaller environmental impact than high-speed rail because the closed system can be tunneled below or elevated above ground, avoiding dangerous at-grade crossings. The VH system is 100% electric and can reach higher speeds than high-speed rail for less energy due to our proprietary electric motor and low-drag environment.

  • Q. Is hyperloop safe?

    Fast, effortless journeys go hand-in-hand with journeys where everything works reliably without interference, and where all passengers feel comfortable and safe. The Virgin Hyperloop is designed to be inherently safer than other modes, with multiple redundancies in place. Our system operates autonomously in an enclosed tube and is not susceptible to weather delays, accidents from at-grade crossings, human error, or power outages. Our proprietary high-speed switching architecture eliminates unsafe track configurations and moving trackside parts, a failure point of traditional rail with mechanical switches.

  • Q. How do you plan to get hyperloop certified?

    As new mode, we have to prove our safety case to regulators and work with them to develop a regulatory framework, so passengers can ride the hyperloop in years not decades. We are encouraged by the support we are seeing at the local and federal level around the world to support hyperloop certification based on the fundamentals of safe operating that are already standard practice. Our goal is to achieve safety certification by 2025. We are on track to meet this goal and have unveiled West Virginia as the home of the world’s first Hyperloop Certification Center (HCC). This announcement builds off of significant progress around the world on the regulatory front. In July 2020, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao and the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council unveiled the guidance document on a clear regulatory framework for hyperloop in the United States. In the EU, the European Commission (EC) has just released the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy and hyperloop is explicitly identified as a game-changing mobility technology. We are also working closely with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DGMOVE) and Shift2Rail to deliver the next wave of sustainable mobility through robust regulatory standards. In India, the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India, Prof. Vijayraghavan, has set up an independent committee called the Consultative Group on Future of Transportation (CGFT) to explore the regulatory path for hyperloop. For more, visit our regulatory progress pages.

  • Q. What will it feel like to ride hyperloop?

    While flying through a tube at more than 1000km/h might seem like a thrill ride, the truth is we are able to mitigate any uncomfortable acceleration forces within our controlled environment. The journey will be so smooth, you could sip a coffee the whole time without spilling a single drop. Normal acceleration and deceleration of 0.20 Gs will feel similar to a train. As a comparison, flooring a typical sedan gives between 0.4-0.5 Gs and commercial airplanes see 0.3-0.5Gs depending on the plane and load.

  • Q. What happens if there's a sudden breach in the tube?

    Pods will continue to travel safely to the next portal even with a large breach. Our response to a breach would be to intentionally repressurize the tube with small valves placed along the route length while engaging pod brakes to safely bring all pods to rest before it is deemed safe to continue to the next portal. A sustained leak could impact performance (speed) but would not pose a safety issue due to vehicle and system architectural design choices. This assessment is based on a solid understanding and analysis of the complex vehicle load behaviors during such an event.

  • Q. Is hyperloop sustainable?

    Without a massive leap forward, pollution from the transportation industry is expected to almost double by 2050 - well above the carbon budget. By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, the VH system can reach airline speeds for 5-10x less energy (depends on route length) and can go faster than high-speed rail using less energy. In regions like the Middle East, we could power the system completely by solar panels which cover the tube. As fighting against climate change becomes an existential issue for cities across the globe, hyperloop will create a new, shared, electric mobility model for helping to permanently reform an industry with some of the world’s highest carbon emissions.

  • Q. How much energy does hyperloop use?

    We are designing Virgin Hyperloop to be more efficient than other modes of transportation. Modern jetliners use up to 10 times the energy we use per passenger-mile over the entire journey. We can cruise at 500 miles per hour for less energy (per passenger) than an electric car doing 60 miles per hour. At peak speed, the VH system consumes approximately 75 watt hours per passenger kilometer (Wh/pax-km). To put this in perspective, the fastest conventional maglev train travels at about half our speed and consumes 33% more energy.

  • Q. Where will hyperloop get its power?

    Our system is 100% electric with zero direct emissions. We're energy-agnostic. Our system can draw power from whichever energy sources are available along the route and support a transition to a renewable energy-powered future. In regions like the Middle East, we can completely power the system with solar panels which cover the tube.

  • Q. How much noise does hyperloop make?

    It’s similar those new electric vehicles that are so quiet they need to create noise to indicate movement. With hyperloop, we eliminate sources of mechanical noise, like wheels on track, and we actually have a sound barrier inherent in our tube design

  • Q. Can hyperloop be used for cargo?

    DP World Cargospeed is a global brand for hyperloop-enabled cargo systems operated by DP World and enabled by Virgin Hyperloop technology. These systems will deliver freight at the speed of flight and closer to the cost of trucking for fast, sustainable, and efficient delivery of palletized cargo.

  • Q. What type of cargo would a hyperloop system transport?

    The focus would be on high-priority, on-demand goods – fresh food, medical supplies, electronics, and more.

  • Q. How can hyperloop help transform logistics?

    With DP World Cargospeed, deliveries can be completed in hours versus days with greater reliability and fewer delays. It will expand freight transportation capacity by connecting with existing modes of road, rail, ports, and air transport, and will provide greater connectivity with manufacturing parks, economic zones, distribution centers, and regional urban centers. This can shrink inventory lead times, help reduce finished goods inventory, and cut required warehouse space and cost by 25%. DP World Cargospeed networks can also enable just-in-time, agile manufacturing practices.

  • Q. Will the first hyperloops be passenger or cargo systems?

    The Virgin Hyperloop is unique in that it doesn’t need to be passenger-only or cargo-only. We are designing a mixed-use system that fully utilizes system capacity while maximizing economic and social benefits. However, it is possible to run cargo commercial operations while certification and regulation are still ongoing for passenger use.

  • Q. When will hyperloop systems be ready for cargo and passengers?

    We are working with the most visionary governments around the world to make sure you can ride the hyperloop in years, not decades. Our goal is to have operational systems in the late 2020s. Our ability to meet that goal will depend on how fast the regulatory and statutory processes move.

  • Q. Where will the first hyperloop get built?

    We are working with visionary governments and partners around the world to make hyperloop a reality today. To learn more about our projects around the world, visit our progress page.

  • Q. How much will hyperloop cost to build and operate?

    Capital and operating costs will range widely based on the route. We recently released a study that showed our linear costs are 60-70% that of high-speed rail projects. In addition, we expect the operational costs to be significantly lower than existing forms of transportation.

  • Q. How much will hyperloop cost to ride?

    It’s simple – if it’s not affordable, people won't use it. We are looking to build something that will expand opportunities for the masses, so they can live in one city with their family and work in another. Currently, that kind of high-speed transport is not feasible for most people. The exact ticket price will vary for each route, but a recent study showed that riding a hyperloop in Missouri could cost less than the gas needed to drive.

  • Q. How are hyperloop routes selected?

    We are in the business of serving local needs, not the other way around. Public and private support is key. In some cases, we will respond to solicited bids with partners when we feel the technology matches the project’s objectives. In other cases, we will make an unsolicited bid for a project when we see that hyperloop could offer a unique solution to market needs.

  • Q. What is the process for getting a passenger route up and running?

    While the technology is different, the process for building a hyperloop is similar to that of building a highway, railway, or any other type of linear infrastructure. The first stage is project development. This phase includes feasibility studies, and then more detailed engineering reports and environmental impact studies. Once a project is approved to move forward, a consortium is formed to finance and deliver on the project.

  • Q. How much land does hyperloop require?

    Many infrastructure projects succeed or fail based on right-of-way issues. We are designing a system that requires only about half the right-of-way as high-speed rail and can more easily adapt to existing right-of-ways. At high speeds, the VH system has a 4.5 times tighter turn radius compared to high-speed rail and can climb grades that are 6 times steeper, reducing the disturbance at crossings. Portals will be purposely integrated into and support existing communities and landscapes. Low noise levels will expand opportunities to build hyperloops closer to the city center.

  • Q. With the focus on connecting cities, how will hyperloop support rural communities?

    Hyperloop also holds enormous promise for rural communities. Virgin Hyperloop systems can be built below or above ground, which means no one’s farm needs to be cut in half. Our system enables rural areas to retain residents, who can now have more access to urban job centers, educational opportunities, and health care facilities. Additionally, hyperloop could enable freight distribution centers to be placed in rural areas, leading to job growth and industrial clusters. After a system is built, there is the opportunity to add additional on and off-ramps, supporting a greater number of people along the route.

  • Q. How will hyperloop projects be financed?

    Transportation infrastructure has traditionally relied on extensive government funding. This is because the benefits of clean, safe, and efficient transportation are enjoyed by the entire community, not just the user buying a ticket. However, most existing mass transportation modes are unprofitable and hindered by existing infrastructure built in the past century or by legacy systems. We want to change that and are focused on public-private partnerships. By developing a new mode of transportation from scratch, we're able to leverage technological developments that have occurred in the last century, especially the IT revolution. We're able to keep maintenance costs low, energy efficiency high, and transport tens of thousands of passengers per hour. This keeps margins and accessibility high, contributing to more financially attractive returns than if the corridor was served by existing modes. These benefits aren’t just hypothetical. While this is an exceptional case due to high demand, a third-party evaluation found that our Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop Project could be funded 100% by private capital. In the U.S. we see enormous potential to attract investment from the private sector, leveraging public investments. Involving government stakeholders as well as potential private investors early in the project development process is critical.

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