After Saudi Arabia and the United States, it seems that Italy too will soon have its own Hyperloop.
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in collaboration with Hyperloop Italia will design the futuristic high-speed train line, conceived and already carried out in various parts of the world by Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk.
The program was launched last month with the aim of building a more accessible, safe, and green transport network, thanks to both the use of recycled, low-impact materials and a significant cut in emissions.
The project uses passive magnetic levitation technologies powered by renewables inside low-pressured tunnels in order to minimize friction. Compared to traditional transport systems, this innovative practice is revolutionary precisely because of the minimum amount of energy required.
“Combining innovations in design and operational technologies with advances in environmentally-friendly materials and construction practices allows us to deliver future-proof designs that are spatially innovative, structurally efficient, and environmentally sustainable,” said Patrik Schumacher, Principal at ZHA. The studio has already applied this framework in the construction of railway stations, as in the case of the Napoli Afragola station.
On the Hyperloop, passengers and cargo will be able to travel up to 1,200km/h as early as 2030, according to the most optimistic estimates. Specific routes have not yet been announced (for now the project is considering the connection between Milan and Malpensa airport) but the network could allow to cover travel distances such as Rome-Milan in less than thirty minutes.