Delft hyperloop company Hardt Hyperloop received millions of euros in investments this past year and plans to use this money to build a 3 kilometer long test track in the Netherlands. The test track will be part of the company's yet-to-be-built European Hyperloop Center. If all goes according to plan, Hardt Hyperloop hopes to launch the first commercial hyperloop connection by 2025, AD reports
The province of Noord-Holland started a close collaboration with Hardt Hyperloop to realize a hyperloop system between the airports in Amsterdam and Frankfurt. This vacuum tube, high speed transport system will be able to take passengers between those two cities in half an hour. "Then flights are no longer needed", a spokesperson for the province said to the Telegraaf.
Schiphol teamed up with Delft startup Hardt Hyperloop to investigate the possibility of a Hyperloop connection between the airport and Frankfurt in Germany. They will investigate building an above ground Hyperloop system on roughly the same route currently being used by NS and Deutsche Bahn for the ICE high-speed train, Het Parool reports.
The Netherlands is full of possibilities for a hyperloop test track, but Flevoland is the most suitable location, Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen wrote to the Tweede Kamer. She asked TNO to investigate the economic and social usefulness and the feasibility of testing the hyperloop in the Netherlands, and eventually building a permanent track, ANP reports.
Dutch Hyperloop startup HARDT opened its own test facility in Delft on Thursday. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment unveiled the Hyperloop test tube, the first of its kind in Europe. And while this structure is intended to test Hyperloop facilities at lower speeds, the 30 meter long tube could pave the way for transport at speeds over 1 thousand kilometers per hour, partner BAM said in a press release.
The TU Delft students who recently won a SpaceX Hyperloop competition in the United States with their Hyperloop design and prototype, are continuing their work as startup company Hardt. Dutch railway company NS and investment fund Uniq decided to give the group financial support by each investing 300 thousand euros into the startup, RTL Nieuws reports.