Transportation and technology licensing company HyperloopTT has unveiled details of its new freight transportation capsule system HyperloopTT Express Freight, created in collaboration with design consultancy Tangerine.
The new design is based on four key drivers: loading freight as fast as possible; integrating with existing infrastructure; maximizing freight volume inside capsules; and being flexible enough to cater to different customer demands.
HyperloopTT Express Freight will enable fast onboarding of freight with staggered doors for simultaneous loading/unloading, double doors on both sides, and the fastest and most energy-efficient Collins Rollerball loading/unloading system. It will integrate with existing infrastructure by retaining the DockLock principle from HyperloopTT’s passenger capsules. Freight volume is maximized inside the capsule by lowering the floor to fit standard air cargo containers, adding a pocket door between structural ribs for more internal space, while also using a hyperloop load device.
Andrés de León, CEO of HyperloopTT, said, “Hyperloop Express Freight will fundamentally transform how goods are transported globally. By incorporating key innovations like fast automated loading systems, maximized freight capacity and flexible configurations, we have developed a hyperloop design optimized for transporting freight at unprecedented speeds at cheaper rates than currently offered by air and road. This new standard for shipping will enable greater efficiency, sustainability and flexibility in supply chains worldwide, and we are proud to be leading the way in this transportation revolution.”
Matt Round, chief creative officer, Tangerine, said, “What we have designed is a solution for express freight. Our research made it clear that every creative thought we had, and every design decision we made should contribute to reducing the time it takes to move freight from dispatch to delivery. Our solution is a melange of creative leaps and strict mathematical calculations.”
To date, HyperloopTT has built the world’s first full-scale hyperloop test facility, secured over 40 patents, and established the first insurance framework and safety certification guidelines for commercial hyperloop systems. In May, HyperloopTT and its partners were awarded an €800m (US$844m) tender to build the first commercial hyperloop in Italy, with European Union NextGenerationEU funding.