Hyperloop test track planned for Saudi Arabia

  • Thursday 01, August 2019 01:40 PM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Virgin Hyperloop One and Saudi Arabia have announced plans to build a 35 km long hyperloop test track in King Abdullah Economic City as part of the country's Vision 2030 plan.
Plans include a research and development facility along with a manufacturing plant for the hyperloop.

Saudi Arabia plans to diversify its economy, develop the country's tourism and infrastructure, and invite investment into the country as part of its Vision 2030 plans.

According to Virgin Hyperloop One's website, the hyperloop consists of a magnetic linear motor and a rotor connected at the bottom of the pod. This allows the vehicle move forward via magnetic levitation.

The company says the technology would shorten travel time from Riyadh to Jeddah from over 10 hours to just 76 minutes.

The hyperloop would travel at speeds of up to two to three times faster than high speed rail trains, according to Virgin Hyperloop One.

Virgin Hyperloop One has also proposed the futuristic mode of transport for the state of Missouri, India and Spain.