Spanish Company Proposes Developing Express Train Connecting Paris & Berlin in 1 Hour
Zeleros, the Spanish company for transportation, has proposed the development of a high-speed train which would connect the French and German capitals in one hour only.
According to Travel Tomorrow, Zeleros is designing air-locked and pressurised pods that will be able to carry a maximum of 200 passengers at 1,000 kilometres per hour, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Zeleros’ hyperloop is entirely electric, meaning that by being supplied with sustainable energy, the project can be specifically good for the environment.
“At Zeleros, together with our network of international partners, we have done a deep-dive on the different regions of the world together with experts in mobility from every region, highlighting the routes with the highest implementation potential, the opportunity in terms of emissions saved, passenger and freight transported, as well as economic impact generated of implementing the different hyperloop corridors,” a statement by Zeleros reads.
However, this wouldn’t be the first route that Zeleros is planning on building, as the company is planning to establish a global network of tubes that could reduce the travelling time between cities in the world, including Paris-Barcelona, San Francisco-Los Angeles, Boston-Washington DC and Sydney-Melbourne, cutting the travelling time to under an hour.
The distance time between Paris and Barcelona is about ten hours driving, Boston to Washington DC about eight hours, San Francisco to Los Angeles about six hours, and Sydney to Melbourne distance by driving can be over nine hours.
European policymakers are working towards reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, and one of the key points is travelling by rail, as it is considered a sustainable travelling alternative.
“We need to ensure that we have in Europe one single European network, meaning that our objective at the end is to transport goods from one side of the continent to the other,” Carla Borghini, the head of Shift2Rail, the responsible body for research and innovation for the rail sector in EU, said.
Despite the European continent being well experienced in rail networks, only seven to 11 per cent of the transport is carried out by train. In addition, cross-border train travel is considered to be expensive, unreliable and inconvenient as well as challenging due to train services linking certain destinations but not direct cities like Brussels or Copenhagen.
Shift2rail has established a €1 billion fund to encourage innovation towards three specific goals: reducing the rail system’s life-cycle cost, increasing the capacity by two times, and avoiding delays in the network.