Hyperloop system ready to discuss ‘commercialisation’ as it achieves record speeds

Credit: Hyperloop One.
Credit: Hyperloop One.

Progress on the world’s first operational Hyperloop system has continued after achieving historic speeds.

Following phase one tests in May, Hyperloop One has increased speeds from 69mph to 193mph during phase two tests, which were carried out on July 29.

The second phase saw all the system’s components successfully tested in a tube, which was depressurised to the equivalent of being 200,000ft above sea level.

As well as the electric motor, advanced controls, power electronics, magnetic levitation and guidance, pod suspension and the vacuum system were tested.

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The system’s Hyperloop One XP-1 pod accelerated for 300m and glided above the track using magnetic levitation. It then braked and came to a gradual stop on the 500m track in the Nevada desert.

Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said: “We’ve proven that our technology works, and we’re now ready to enter into discussions with partners, customers and governments around the world about the full commercialization of our Hyperloop technology.

“We’re excited about the prospects and the reception we’ve received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges.”

Watch a recap of phase two testing below.

Read more: ‘Exciting but there are many problems to solve’ – one British engineer’s view of Hyperloop



  1. Whilst the technology obviously works, it will surely be some time yet before a prototype long-distance hyperloop system enters full commercial service. I recall that the original maglev technology worked satisfactory on test tracks but has never been widely taken up commercially. People say hyperloop is different, so we shall see!

    • The comparison with the maglev is right. The maglev was developed, tested and qualified in Germany. For end result of any commercial application accept a 30 km track Between Shanghai Pudong airport and Shanghai Pudong district. That type of commercial line is more a technological statement than a commercial planned technology.
      So how a technology more complex than the maglev, that will generate new safety concerns, can be possibly commercially profitable?
      Going fast with a railway vehicle is easy. Going fast 365 days a year, on a 4000 km distance, year after year and being safe and profitable: this is the real challenge.
      Current high speed train technologies already demonstrate a safe way to operate and being profitable. The speed slowly increase from a generation to the other: from 260 km/h at the TVG inauguration in 1981 to 380 km/h on some Chinese lines today. Moving people is directly linked to safety.
      From my point of view, maybe one Middle East city will end up with one line as a technological statement to the rest of the world (Like they do with sky scraper) but without a real profitable commercial application.


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