According to the English media, the multi-billionaire simply wanted to slow down the construction of a TGV in California. The Times reveals that Elon Musk was actually trying to jeopardize California’s public transport.
Hyperloop is the name given to the colossal supersonic train project carried out by Elon Musk, the American billionaire and boss of Tesla. Elon Musk originally thought to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour, as we explained to you last July. The billionaire then said he was tired of the traffic jams, and obviously did not believe in the Californian high-speed train project.
Taking up an old idea, he then proposed circulating capsules (“pods” in English) carrying around thirty people at speeds ranging from 1,000 to 1,200 km/h. They would follow one another in low-pressure tubes, perched on pylons.
But according to information from Time, Elon Musk admitted that he never intended to build the Hyperloop. According to information from the newspaper, the real goal of the Tesla leader was to cancel the TGV project in California.
Presented about ten years ago as being revolutionary, the project was established in Toulouse-Francazal in 2017. Around twenty hirings took place and public subsidies were even advanced.
Hyperloop has settled in Toulouse in the greatest opacity. Last December, the American company announced the abandonment of its one-kilometre test track project at the Francazal base near Toulouse. The council of the Metropolis had indeed voted the termination of the lease to be built on December 16, 2021.