Tesla’s Elon Musk want to take you NY to DC in 30 mins via Boring Company hyperloop

  • Published on July 21st, 2017

Elon Musk hyperloop boring companyNot having enough to do, what with getting the Model 3 out the door, reducing space rocket turnarounds to 24 hours, and ramping up production of the Tesla Solar Roof, Elon Musk broke the Internet this afternoon with a series of Tweets about his new, new thing — The Boring Company.

By Steve Hanley 

What’s a Boring Company?

That has sent the Twittersphere into hyperdrive. What exactly is verbal government approval?* Which government? And how much are verbal assurances worth in a day when nothing and no one can be believed? No matter. The great man has spoken (or tweeted if you prefer). NY to DC in under 30 minutes is going to happen. Elon said so.

Actually, he said quite a few other things during his Twitter blast. “City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city,” read another tweet. Which raises an interesting point. Are we talking about elevators to carry people to Hyperloop pods or vehicles that will ride on electric sleds as envisioned in a video from a few months ago? (Story continues after video, below.)

No doubt, Musk will clarify things eventually. In the meantime, he teased lots of other interesting tidbits.

In April, Musk told Chris Anderson, the curator of TED Talks, that some Hyperloop technology could be used underground since the tunnels will be able to withstand five or six atmospheres. That’s more than the partial vacuum planned inside the Hyperloop tubes. “There’s no real length limit” to a Hyperloop route, Musk said.

Where does a Boring Company bore?

The thing about tunnels is, they just go underneath any obstacles — tall buildings, rivers, mountains, whatever. Purchasing the rights to build new transportation systems, like high-speed rail, can cost billions. Permission to drill underground costs peanuts in comparison. Is Musk worried? Not really.

One thing not entirely clear is what Musk’s relationship is with Hyperloop Technologies and Hyperloop One, the two private companies that are working feverishly to make Elon’s Hyperloop concept a commercial reality. Originally, Musk set his idea free to be used by anyone who wanted to pursue it. It was like message in a bottle, floating on a sea of ideas. Is Musk now planning to commercialize the idea himself? And where does that leave those others companies who have spent years and millions of dollars on Hyperloop technology.

Are you bored yet?

Musk’s tweets raise as many questions as they answer but that has never held him back for long. The mashup between The Boring Company and Hyperloop makes it seem like Elon’s mother put him to bed when he was young with a pillow speaker permanently tuned to Steely Dan’s IGY.

“On that train all graphite and glitter, undersea by rail. Ninety minutes from New York to Paris….”

If anyone can make it happen, it is Elon.

Update: Note that there’s apparently some disagreement about whether or not Elon Musk got verbal approval.

(Originally appeared at our sister-site, Cleantechnica. Check out their new 93-page EV report,)

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