Imagine riding a train that moves three times as quickly as the renowned Bullet Train. A Canadian business has unveiled the FluxJet, a hybrid vehicle that can travel at speeds of up to 621 mph without emitting any pollution. That is around three times faster than a high-speed train or a little quicker than the typical private jet.
The “plane without wings,” as the business TransPod refers to it, is built on the cutting-edge “contactless power transmission” theory of a brand-new branch of physics called “veillance flux.” Additionally, it has propulsion and aerodynamic systems that were explicitly created to reduce friction.
According to Robb Report, a prominent voice in the global luxury industry, a vacuum tube configuration essentially enables the magnetically levitated pods to travel at a more excellent pace than trains, cars, and jets in FluxJet.
In addition to 54 passengers, the FluxJet can accommodate two wheelchairs. It can carry up to 10 tonnes of cargo and has four luggage racks. To ease congestion on major roads and highways, it will go via the TransPod line, a specialized tube system. It is comparable to Virgin’s 600 mph Hyperloop network, which is scheduled to open in 2030.
With stations at crucial sites and major cities, the TransPod route will have pod departures every two minutes.
The passenger ticket is anticipated to cost about 44% less than a plane ticket.
It is said that the FluxJet can travel at 621 mph. Additionally, the project is anticipated to generate up to 140,000 jobs and $19.2 billion in Canada’s GDP during construction. Also, it will cut CO2 emissions by around 636,000 tons per annum. The train-plane scheme also seems to be taking off.
With the recent receipt of $550 million in funding, TransPod has begun the second phase of an $18 billion US infrastructure project to construct the TransPod Line between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta. This line is expected to take about 45 minutes to travel between cities.
Additionally, the business recently demonstrated a scaled-down FluxJet at a gathering in Toronto to highlight its flight capabilities. The demo model carried out a takeoff and landing procedure within its guideway. There is space for 54 passengers inside.
“All the hard work over the past few years has led to this milestone moment where talk is becoming a reality,” TransPod’s co-founder and CEO Sebastien Gendron said in a statement. “The technology is proven, and we have the confidence of investors, governments and partners to continue pushing forward to redefine transportation effectively.”
The world’s first fleet of passenger trains powered by hydrogen cells was introduced earlier this week in Germany, according to the Robb Report.
The new fleet, which consists of 14 Coradia iLint hydrogen trains and is run by local rail operator LNVG, was constructed by French Power to Transport – T&D engineering company Alstom. Each of the new locomotives generates the electricity required to run its engine using hydrogen fuel cells. Compared to their diesel-powered predecessors, the vehicles are far cleaner as a result.
The project was supported by Lower Saxony as part of a bigger effort to go green and reduce carbon emissions.
The Alstom trains can save more than 422,000 gallons of diesel fuel yearly since they run on hydrogen cells. According to the Robb Report, the fleet could save CO2 emissions by up to 460 tons per annum, while the H2 used to power the locomotives is a byproduct of chemical reactions. Within three years, Gas Company Linde wants to produce all of its gas using renewable energy.
According to Alstom, the trains have a 621-mile range and a top speed of 87 mph, however, they often run at 50 to 75 mph. According to CNN, each of the locomotives should be able to operate for a full day on a tank of hydrogen.
Along the road, which connects the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervorde, and Buxtehude, a hydrogen filling station has already been created. This week saw the launch of five hydrogen trains, which will eventually replace the 15 diesel trains. Every train on the line will be powered by hydrogen before the end of the year.
Lower Saxony is not the only area with a fleet of hydrogen trains; according to reports, Frankfurt has bought 27 of these locomotives for usage in and around its city, and France and Italy have also ordered hydrogen trains.