Virgin Hyperloop One gets new CEO

Virgin Hyperloop One has a new chief executive officer (CEO) with some serious experience in passenger transportation and mass transit.

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The Dark Side of Hyperloop

Hyperloop could kill thousands of high-paying jobs for example.

Moreover, the Hyperloop could destroy untold billions in real estate value. In addition, a badly designed Hyperloop system could cut minorities, the poor, and the working-class off from transportation.

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SpaceX Hyperloop Tunnel, Abu Dhabi Hyperloop, Missouri Hyperloop Planned

A lot of big news is breaking in the world of Hyperloop. Notably, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) plans to break

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Second Hyperloop Track Planned in France

Canadian-based Transpod claims to have raised $57.11 million (€50 million) from unidentified investors in North America and Italy. There is apparently no connection between Transpod and HyperloopTT or Hyperloop One.

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Hyperloop One will build Research Center in Spain

That might mean Hyperloop One will conduct the tests at its facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company might also be planning to test components at the track its archrival Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) is building in Toulouse, France.

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China Hyperloop Plans Unveiled

“We envision that Hyperloop will play into a bigger role of the Silk Road Economic Belt, connecting the region to the rest of the world,” Dirk Ahlborn told the China Money Network. “China spends over US $300 billion annually on infrastructure to address their rapidly growing urban populations.”

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Is Hyperloop Coming to Ukraine?

It sounds as if the Ukrainian Hyperloop might have Chinese backing.

“Ukraine is at the crossroads of the New Silk Road transportation corridor and we can expect Hyperloop to play a major role in connecting Europe and Asia,” HyperloopTT Chairman Bibop Gresta said in the press release.

The New Silk Road is a transportation corridor across Asia that would the European Union with the People’s Republic of China. The project would follow the historic Silk Road which connected the Chinese Empire and the Byzantine Empire in Medieval times.

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Musk to build Hyperloop Subway in Chicago

A smarter move would be to use the subway to haul mail, packages, and other air freight downtown from O’Hare. An added service might be hauling airline passengers’ luggage to and from downtown hotels. That might may pay for it; and allow for low-cost passenger service, because freight can subsidize passengers.
Musk needs to add some other lines to his Chicago subway and fast. Smart moves will be a line connecting O’Hare and Midway Airport and lines to Gary, Indiana, Joliet, Illinois, Aurora, Illinois, and Waukegan.

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Hyperloop Construction planned in Abu Dhabi and Brazil

It looks as if HyperloopTT might be the leader in the race to build a commercial Hyperloop. Its competitors; Hardtt Global Mobility, Virgin Hyperloop One, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the Boring Company will have a lot of catching up to do if the press release claims come true.

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Mohammed bin Rashid attends launch of DP World Cargospeed

Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, said: “Based on McKinsey’s assessment of our technology, Virgin Hyperloop One-enabled supply chains can dramatically impact business bottom lines by reducing both finished goods inventory and required warehouse space by 25%.”

“On-demand deliveries are a novelty today,” Branson noted. “Tomorrow it will be the expectation.”

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