Work starts on hyperloop test track near Toulouse

The HyperloopTT system that will be tested at the Toulouse Francazal site will see electromagnetic -powered pods travelling at airline speeds through the distinctive low-pressure tubes

Construction has started on the first test track in Europe for Tesla tycoon Elon Musk’s idea for a vacuum tube transport system, the hyperloop.

US firm Hyperloop Trans­portation Technolo­gies is building the track at an old military airbase near Toulouse.

Its system will see electric-powered passenger pods levitated by electromagnets and gliding at high speeds through low-pressure tubes (where much of the air has been sucked out).

Mr Musk floated the idea of pods shooting through depressurised tubes in 2012 and named them hyperloops.

However, he decided to leave the idea for other firms to develop (although he recently started the amusingly-named Boring Company which aims to construct underground versions).

HyperloopTT says it was the ...

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