The
hyperloop

The next mode of high-speed, clean transport
for large volumes of passengers and cargo

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In the hyperloop, autonomous vehicles travel through a network of low-pressure tubes. Vehicles are propelled, suspended, and guided magnetically. It is 10x more energy-efficient than road transport and aviation, uses 2-3x less space needed than rail and road, and provides shorter travel times than aviation.


Passengers can expect short access times at the stations on top of the short trips that hyperloop can provide. Cargo operators can expect highly reliable and traceable service, in combination with efficient loading and unloading of cargo. Throughout the hyperloop infrastructure, there are multiple access points, including passenger stations, cargo stations, and emergency access stations. The latter ensures passenger safety in case of emergency.

Electromagnetic suspension

Our system uses both 'permanent magnets' - magnets with a permanent magnetic field - and electromagnets. The permanent magnets provide enough force to lift the vehicle up without using any energy, and the electromagnets only stabilize the vehicle. As a result, the suspension system uses virtually no energy, being able to lift the weight of a car using the same power as a light bulb.

The vehicle is suspended 15 mm from a steel track, making the infrastructure economical in comparison to other methods of magnetic levitation.

Electromagnetic propulsion

The propulsion system pushes the vehicle forward using only electric energy by means of a linear electric engine, similar to that of an electric car. In the hyperloop, the motor extends across the entire track. This, in combination with electromagnetic suspension, allows the vehicles to propel forward, like surfing a magnetic wave.

After the electric motor propels the vehicle to its cruise speed, it only requires a fraction of the energy to maintain it. When it approaches a station and begins braking, the same system is used to recover a significant amount of energy, which will either be used to propel the next vehicle, or stored into a battery.

The hyperloop switch

The hyperloop switch allows the vehicle to pass from one track to another, creating a network of tubes where you can go from any origin to any destination. 

What makes the hyperloop switch special is that it doesn't have any moving components in the infrastructure. It's the vehicle that either pulls itself to the left or the right track. This allows vehicles to merge out and into the network at high succession, much like a highway.

Low-pressure environment

The high speeds are possible due to the combination of levitation and an environment in which there is no air resistance. This environment is created with vacuum pumps that remove most of the air from the tube to a pressure of 100 Pa, or 0.1% of atmospheric pressure. A pump station the size of a container is needed every few kilometers.

The energy used for traveling with the hyperloop is 10x lower than for road transport or aviation, including the energy to pump down the tubes. 

Enabling a high-speed network

The hyperloop tubes will be connected to each other, much like railways in order to form a network. To make this happen, the vehicles need to be able to go from one tube to another without stopping or slowing down. This is achieved by means of the lane switch without moving components in the infrastructure, one of the fundamental technologies that give hyperloop its value since it unlocks the potential of a high-speed network.  Find out more about the hyperloop network.

Experience hyperloop

With a new mode of transport comes an opportunity to think how we want to travel in the future. Think about safety, reliability, comfort. These are key to the development of hyperloop and are present from the start. Hyperloop is not only about efficiency, it is about improving travel as an experience altogether.  Learn more about the hyperloop experience.

Also cargo, but clean and fast

A more efficient way to transport goods across cities, countries, and eventually even continents, would be beneficial to all. Hyperloop is suitable for high-speed, reliable and traceable cargo transport. Transporting cargo with the hyperloop is envisioned to be fully automated, reducing errors, maximizing efficiency. Learn more about hyperloop for cargo

Proving technology

Hardt has demonstrated the core hyperloop system and is paving the way towards certification.  Learn more about proving and testing hyperloop technology.

The multimodal hub

Designed in collaboration with UNStudio, visualized by Plomp, the Hardt hyperloop hub presents our vision of a flagship hyperloop station. Built on a modular approach, the design revolves around efficient passenger flow, frequent services and urban integration. Learn more about the hub.

Efficient Access

The design of the hub is optimized to reduce embarking and disembarking times of the vehicles. This way the vehicles can leave and arrive every few minutes and get to their destinations on time.

Multi-modal integration

The hub integrates not just the hyperloop, but also other modes of transportation, such as bikes, buses, trains, and airplanes. All modes of transport have their advantages,  The hyperloop is a healthy addition to the mix.

Enriching existing infrastructure

Hyperloop can be implemented alongside existing infrastructures while still achieving an average cruise speed of 500-700 km/h. Instead of widening a highway with another lane, hyperloop provides 5 times the transport capacity with the same infrastructure footprint.