Delhi to Mumbai in 70 minutes or Chennai to Mumbai in 60 minutes is the time Hyperloop One will take to transport people from one Indian city to another, faster than any existing airline and cheaper too.
Proposed by co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk in 2013, the Hyperloop concept is an alternative to high-speed train, which aims to propel freight or passengers from point A to point B in pods through reduced-pressure steel tubes.
The company claims it is the only one to have a fully operational prototype and a full-blown test run is due by March in US. It has signed up seven projects across the world including one that will connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The first commercial project is slated to be completed by 2020.
Among the proposed routes and their feasibility in India, Hyperloop One is looking at five corridors where the system can be built, which are Delhi-Mumbai, Bangalore-Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai-Bangalore, Mumbai-Chennai and a port connector project. A pod can move at a speed of around 1,080 kmph inside the tube on a cushion of air and can have 24 luxury seats or 50 business class or 80-90 economy class seats.