Elon Musk’s Hyperloop — a super-high speed pod-like vehicle, is in talks with Indian government to perform trial runs in the country.
Top executive at the Hyperloop One (earlier known as Hyperloop Technologies) says they are eager to come to India and begin trials for their high-speed transportation technology in the country. Speaking about the current status, the sources stated that the company currently seeking a nod from the Indian government.
“The proposal is on Mr. Nitin Gadkari’s (Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India) table. We are ready,” Bibop G Gresta, chairman and Chief Bibop Officer, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc (HTT), told FactorDaily, adding he recently had talks with Prime Minister Modi and Gadkari.
Hyperloop’s sudden interest in India comes months after Mr.Gadkari invited the company to India during his U.S. visit in September, also offering a big chunk of land in Pune, a city 118 kilometers away from Mumbai.
Incorporated in 2014, Hyperloop conducted the first live trial of Hyperloop technology on May 11, 2016 and demonstrated that its custom linear electric motor could propel a sled from 0 to 110 miles an hour in just over one second.
The company has raised $160 million and expects to achieve “first flight” of the complete system (with levitation, propulsion, pod vehicle, control systems and low-pressure tube) early in 2017.