Geely Is Developing Supersonic Trains Similar To The Hyperloop

Geely has reached an agreement with the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC) to develop supersonic trains that seem very similar to the Hyperloop system conceived by Tesla’s Elon Musk.

Reuters reports that the strategic framework agreement between the two companies will see magnetic levitation combined with vacuum tubes to reduce air resistance and achieve a hypersonic mode of transportation.

CASIC claims that it is developing a system that can shuttle trains in vacuum tubes at speeds of up to 1000 km/h (620 mph) and that it is also studying technologies that could see trains travel as fast as 4000 km/h (2485 mph) in the future. China ultimately wants to build a comprehensive transport network of supersonic trains.

Neither Geely nor CASIC offered details on their investment in the project or issued a timeframe for when the high-speed trains could become a reality.

“Technologies developed through the realization of supersonic trains will help Geely Holding advance the fields of new energy vehicles, automotive safety, and new material science,” a statement from Geely said.

The proposed system is very similar to the Hyperloop systems being developed by a number of companies in the United States. This system also uses magnetic levitation and vacuum tubes with the ultimate goal of accelerating passenger pods to top speeds of 1220 km/h (760 mph).

As the development of such supersonic trains is at such an early stage, the long-term viability and safety of such modes of transport remain unclear. Consequently, don’t expect Geely or the likes of Virgin Hyperloop One to have fully-functional supersonic train services for a number of years.

  • Bash

    I respect the idea. Just please don’t make it be another copy.

    • Da Only Skid

      What copy? From China? Say it’s not so.

  • Knotmyrealname

    ….”supersonic trains that seem very similar to the Hyperloop system conceived by Tesla’s Elon Musk”
    Sheeesh, isn’t EVERYTHING they do similar to a previous idea?

    • Da Only Skid

      Guess you don’t know China. They steal IP and anything else they can smuggle or buy with government money.

      • Knotmyrealname

        That’s what I was saying. Agreed.

    • Ilbirs

      Remember that Elon Musk open-sourced his idea. As at that time it was just an idea, the part of making it viable became a task for independent developers. For now we can’t say that the Chinese stole IP from other people, as the race now is to make Musk’s idea reality. Maybe that happened, but we got no proof of this.

  • Da Only Skid

    Musk or China, Musk or China…f**ked either way.

    • Ilbirs

      At least on the Musk side we must point that he open-sourced his idea and now we have some competitors seeking to make the first viable Hyperloop system, like HTT, Virgin, TransPod and other ones.

  • europeon

    WTF are you talking about? Open sourcing a 100+ year old idea? Jeez, some people…

  • europeon

    I’m amazed how many people still fall for this BS…
    This is what happens when you skip the science lessons in school.

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