Ultra-fast FluxJet could compete with trains and planes
TransPod has unveiled the FluxJet, an all-electric vehicle, a kind of hybrid of an airplane and a train, capable of reaching speeds of over 1,000 km/h.
Canadian startup TransPod is building the FluxJet, the world’s leading ultra-fast ground transportation system that will redefine passenger and freight transportation, reports Railway Supply with reference to Global Railway Review.
FluxJet is based on innovations in engines and clean energy systems that do not use fossil fuels. It is an all-electric vehicle, in fact a hybrid of an airplane and a train, which the startup says will change the way we live, work and travel.
Due to technological breakthroughs in contactless power transmission and a new field of physics called veillance flux, FluxJet travels along a protected rail at speeds of more than 1,000 km/h – faster than a jet plane and three times faster than a high-speed train.
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FluxJet will operate exclusively on the TransPod line, a networked system with stations at key locations and major cities, with frequent departures designed to ensure fast, affordable and safe travel. TransPod recently confirmed $550 million in funding and announced the next phase of an $18 billion infrastructure project to build a TransPod line that will connect the cities of Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. Preparatory construction work has begun, including an environmental impact assessment. The project is expected to create up to 140,000 jobs and add $19.2 billion to the region’s GDP. Once the TransPod line goes live, it will cost passengers about 44% less than a plane ticket. Also, CO2 emissions will be reduced by 636,000 tons per year.
Sébastien Gendron, co-founder and CEO of TransPod, said: “All the hard work over the past few years has led to this momentous moment where talks become reality. The technology is proven and we are confident that investors, governments and partners will continue to push forward to effectively reimagine transportation.”
At the TransPod launch event in Toronto in July 2022, a scaled-down FluxJet was featured in a live demo demonstrating its “flying” capabilities. The FluxJet vehicle, weighing almost one tonne, demonstrated “takeoff”, movement and “landing” procedures within the rail.
“This milestone is a big step forward,” said Ryan Janzen, co-founder and CTO of TransPod. “FluxJet is at the intersection of scientific research, industrial development and extensive infrastructure to meet the needs of passengers and reduce our dependence on fossil-fueled aircraft and highways.”
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