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A levitated pod travelling in a low-pressure tube at 700mph can provide ‘transformational connectivity on a European scale’ according to the team at Hyperloop One.

Nine European routes ripe for the Hyperloop system were showcased at a European stakeholder event held in Amsterdam earlier this month. A vision born two years ago in a Los Angeles garage, Hyperloop One’s Vision for Europe event – in the Dutch capital – outlined the impact these nine routes would have – connecting in excess of 75 million people across 44 cities.

“In the next 20 years we will see more changes than we have seen in the last 100 years. Imagine boarding in Amsterdam, putting on a seat belt – like on a plane – and being in Maastricht (220km away) 10 minutes later,” said Melanie Shultz van Haegen, Netherlands minister of infrastructure and the environment.

“Hyperloop could be a game changer. Fast, quiet, innovative, sustainable and, thanks to solar power, it could be the world’s only net positive, sustainable transportation.”

And the company behind it insists Europe is a perfect fit for its technology. “For Europe, Hyperloop One technology is complementary to existing highways, rails, ports and overall infrastructure,” Rob Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of Hyperloop One, said.

The nine European routes selected are now through to the semi-final stage of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. Launched last year, the challenge invited individuals, companies, universities and governments to pitch proposals for locations that are ready to take advantage of this transportation revolution.

“Europe embraces new ideas in transportation like no other region in the world and is uniquely positioned to take the next great leap in transportation with Hyperloop One. Our vision is to, one day, connect all of Europe with our Hyperloop One system, networking the entire continent,” said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One.

And Hyperloop One is growing ever stronger, with the size of its pioneering team expected to rise to 500 this year.

“Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a fully functioning Hyperloop system test track,” added the company’s co-founder and president of Engineering, Josh Giegel. “For the last two years, our team of nearly 200 engineers, technicians and fabricators developed our technology and transformed a stretch of desert in the U.S. into a working test track that proves we can build a Hyperloop system anywhere in the world. We’re looking forward to showcasing our technology and believe that Europe is the perfect region for one of the world’s first Hyperloop systems.”

Tube installation at DevLoop