Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced the first route of Hyperloop in India after signing an agreement with the Government of Andhra Pradesh. India’s first Hyperloop system will connect the cities of Amaravati (not to be confused with Amravati in Maharashtra) and Vijayawada. The 29 km distance will probably turn from an hour of travel by road into a mere six-minute ride with Hyperloop. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) will enable the development of the transport system. The entire project will work on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, funded primarily by private investors.
According to the press release, the project will be cincted over two phases. Although, the two cities have been announced, selecting the exact route will require further study. Phase 1 will involve HTT working with their partners in the public and private sector to study the feasibility of possible routes. HTT expects working closely with the local bodies will allow them to establish the best route between the two cities. Once the first phase is complete, phase 2 will finally move towards building the company’s first Hyperloop system in India. Phase 1 begins in October this year which means that by 2018, the construction will most likely begin. HTT will be assisted by the APEDB and the Andhra Pradesh government on the regulatory requirements to implement Hyperloop in Amaravati.
Bibop Gresta, Chairman and Co-founder of HTT, said, “We are extremely delighted to have entered into a MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to bring the HTT Hyperloop to India”. He added, “In partnering with Andhra Pradesh, HTT will work with local stakeholders to build the regulatory standards necessary for safe and efficient operation.”
Mr. Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board said, “Major cities of the world has seen declines in livability and transportation has been a major contributor due to congestion, air pollution and accessibility and Andhra Pradesh is shaping the way it approaches transportation in the future. By collaborating with Hyperloop, Amaravati is embracing a prototype for the mobility of tomorrow”.
No public tests yet
HTT hasn’t conducted a public test of their Hyperloop system, where the pods are going to be made of Vibranium (not the same one on Captain America’s shield). During an interaction Digit had with Bibop, he mentioned that HTT isn’t going to conduct tests on scaled-down assemblies but a full-sized pod, capable of carrying actual passengers. On the other hand, rival company Hyperloop One has already conducted a successful full-sized pod test, reaching a maximum speed of 310 km/h. This puts a lot of pressure on HTT to showcase their proof-of-concept to the world, which should be the company’s next step. Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge competition has five semifinalists from India who have proposed five routes but there’s no movement on the final routes in the country. Apart from India, HTT has also signed on with the South Korean government to build Hyperloop systems.