HyperloopTT, a transportation and technology licensing company aiming to support the development of high-speed transit solutions, has unveiled details of its new freight transport capsule system.
HyperloopTT Express Freight has been designed in collaboration with Tangerine, a global design consultancy that specialises in transportation design.
The new design, which has been illustrated in an animated video (see above), is based on loading freight as fast as possible integrating with existing infrastructure, maximising freight volume inside capsules, and being flexible enough to cater to different customer demands.
HyperloopTT Express Freight aims to enable fast onboarding of freight with staggered doors for simultaneous loading/unloading, double doors on both sides, and one of the fastest and most energy-efficient Collins Rollerball loading/unloading systems.
It will also integrate with existing infrastructure by retaining the DockLock principle from HyperloopTT’s passenger capsules.
Freight volume is maximised inside the capsule by lowering the floor to fit standard air cargo containers, adding a pocket door between structural ribs for more internal space, while also using a hyperloop load device.
The design also features a configurable hyperloop load device layout tailored to different types of freight and customers’ needs.
Andrés de León, CEO of HyperloopTT, said: “Hyperloop Express Freight will fundamentally transform how goods are transported globally.
“By incorporating key innovations like fast automated loading systems, maximised freight capacity and flexible configurations, we have developed a hyperloop design optimised for transporting freight at unprecedented speeds at cheaper rates than currently offered by air and road.
“This new standard for shipping will enable greater efficiency, sustainability and flexibility in supply chains worldwide.”
In a feasibility study conducted in 2022 for HyperloopTT by Transportation Economics Management, it was determined that an express freight option for hyperloop would be cheaper than air and truck options, while delivering goods faster and more sustainably.
Hyperloop Express Freight is entering an industry expected to grow from US$260bn (£212bn) in 2020 to more than US$484bn (£396bn) in 2030.
As part of efforts to build the world’s first full-scale hyperloop test facility, HypertloopTT has secured more than 40 patents, and establishing the first insurance framework and safety certification guidelines for commercial hyperloop systems.
In May 2023 HyperloopTT and its partners were awarded an €800m (£697m) tender to build the first commercial hyperloop in Italy, with European Union NextGenerationEU funding.
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