It is possible for almost anybody to invest in the transportation revolution known as Hyperloop. Despite what somebody think a person can invest in this technology without being rich or connected.
A few of the Hyperloop investments available right now include:
- AECOM (NYSE: ACM) – the publicly-traded construction management, engineering and design firm is building Hyperloop One’s test track in North Las Vegas. There’s also a good chance that AECOM will design and build the system that Hyperloop One is dmeveloping for Dubai. AECOM has also been involved with Hyperloop One’s competitor Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.
- Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or HTT – this crowdfunded startup takes investment from the public and allows individuals to trade technical expertise for stock options. Even though it seems a little flighty HTT claims to have raised $30 million from a firm called EdgeWater Investments.
- OC Oerlikon (OTC: OERLY) – this publicly traded Swiss manufacturer of industrial vacuum pumps is heavily involved in HTT’s efforts. It is a fairly old company that has been building giant vacuum pumps for generations. No matter who builds the Hyperloop they will need Oerlikon’s giant vacuum pumps so it’s a pretty safe investment.
- Buy real estate near the Hyperloop – two places to invest in land are North Las Vegas, Nevada, where Hyperloop One is building its factory and test and test facility and Quay Valley, California where HTT is involved in efforts to develop a new city. Other land that might become very valuable is that near railroad tracks and train stations. An interesting investment would be to buy buildings, land or old houses in older cities that might be connected to population centers like New York via Hyperloop. A great example of such a city is Pueblo, Colorado, a decaying steel town full of old houses that is just 114 miles south of one of the nation’s most expensive markets; Denver.
- Buy Railroad Stocks – the routes of existing railroads such as the Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) and the Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) would be the logical locations for Hyperloop lines. Much of railroads infrastructure including railyards can be easily converted into Hyperloop facilities. For those who dislike buying railroad stocks there’s Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.B) which owns the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad, a transcontinental line in the United States.
There are some other ways to invest in Hyperloop, wealthy people can always sink venture capital directly into Hyperloop One. It is a unicorn; or pre-IPO tech company, which means the organization is desperate for cash. Chairman Shervin Pishevar is a venture capitalist, so he will probably greet any rich investor with open arms.
Even though it has not been tested yet, Hyperloop might turn out to be a good investment. Those looking into it should be careful because Hyperloop is still a theoretical concept.