Hyperloop claims levitation is the answer to India’s transport woes

Traffic in a street corner, Varanasi Benares India
Jorge Royan

Looking past the hopeful developments in Dubai, HTT has chosen their next target: India. What better place to look for increased participation and commitment of the Hyperloop than in one of the world’s fastest developing powerhouses. I mean, the country’s population accounts for almost 18 percent of the world… If that doesn’t ring any bells of opportunity than I am not sure what will.

Mumbai traffic (Image Source: Brett Cole)

There are a few fundamental reasons as to why India appears to be a desirable destination to invest in regards to the future of transport. Firstly, and most importantly, the demand for change most definitely exists, pointed out by The Hindu Business Line earlier this week: 

“Indian Railways, the largest network in Asia is a multi-gauge and multi-traction system with around 66,000 route kilometres. But it is severely capacity-constrained to meet burgeoning demand. While it operates around 12,000 trains carrying 2.3 crore passengers a day, the trains are snail-paced by global standards.”

Whilst the country houses a massive amount of people, there are currently no efficient solutions to the issue of transportation. This goes beyond the mere number of passengers the Indian trains must provide rides for. Think about the density of and the chaos occurring in this situation where Indian roads and railways must co-exist. As talks are on to set up the Hyperloop in India, HTT offers “its promise of limited land acquisition, hyper speed travel, and relatively cheaper fares,” according to their released clip this month seen below.

Another challenge the republic of India faces in regards to transportation is the control and sustainability of energy resources. According to a study released by PwC, India is one of the world leaders in terms of average annual growth rate of emissions. Seeing the increase of their population (and subsequently the demand for vehicles and other modes of transport), India seeks help to find a healthy balance between the supply and demand with their current state of infrastructural inadequacies. 

“While the fuel efficiency of transport vehicles is improving,” the PwC article explains, “the gains are more than offset by increases in vehicle numbers and utilization.”

By the use of linear induction motors and air compressors to propel capsules, Hyperloop may provide a means to India’s optimistic targets for the share of energy from renewable source in consumption. Further, the Hyperloop would be a major decongestant in India’s traffic issue. Let us see how this collaboration plays out…

Daniel Legmann

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