TransPod unveils its ultra-high-speed electric train

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TransPod, the start-up that is building a ultra-high-speed ground transportation system – the TransPod Line – to disrupt and redefine passenger and cargo transportation, has unveiled the FluxJet electric air/rail hybrid, which the firm hopes will transform the way we live, work, and travel.

Based on innovations in propulsion and fossil-fuel-free clean energy systems, the FluxJet is a fully electric vehicle that is effectively a hybrid between an aircraft and a train. Featuring technological leaps in contactless power transmission and a new field of physics called veillance flux, the FluxJet travels in a protected guideway at over 1000 km/h – faster than a jet and three times as fast as a high-speed train.

The FluxJet will operate exclusively on the TransPod Line, a network system with stations in key locations and major cities, featuring high-frequency departures designed to enable fast, affordable, and safe travel.

Most recently, TransPod confirmed US$550m in finance and announced the next phase of an US$18bn US infrastructure project to build the TransPod Line to connect the cities of Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.

Preliminary construction work, including the environmental impact assessment, has begun. This project will create up to 140,000 jobs and add US$19.2bn to the region’s GDP throughout construction, noted TransPod. Once the TransPod Line is in operation, it will cost passengers approximately 44% less than a plane ticket to travel the corridor and reduce CO2 emissions by 636,000 tons per year.

“All the hard work over the past few years has led to this milestone moment where talk is becoming a reality. The technology is proven, and we have the confidence of investors, governments, and partners to continue pushing forward to redefine transportation effectively,” said Sebastien Gendron, co-founder, and CEO, TransPod.

Yung Wu, CEO of the MaRS Discovery District non-for-profit corporation, added, “TransPod completely changes the game with ultra-high-speed, zero-emission passenger travel and freight transportation between major gateway cities. It is time for bold action from our policymakers, investors, and operators to support the commercialization of made-in-Canada innovations like TransPod, to win in the multi-trillion-dollar global innovation economy.”

Watch the unveiling of the FluxJet here: