Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: Could It Be Done in Michigan?

By Amanda Lewan on August 13th, 2013 / Comments

Elon Musk the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX has announced his 57 page outline to build a new form of transportation called the Hyperloop. The Hyperloop sits in a tube system that is ideally designed for cities that are less than 900 miles apart.

The Hyperloop will travel at speeds up to 800 miles per hour, and is designed off of the same Tesla technology found in the battery packs of the Tesla Model S. Forbes does a good job reviewing quick facts about the Hyperloop design, but others are heavily critiquing the likelihood of such transportation. Musk clams he will build a model himself.

The system will need to be built raised off of the ground, and connect cities less than 900 miles apart. With Michigan’s spread out suburbs, and shorter distances between major cities like Ann Arbor and Detroit, could we pull it off here?

Check out Why California Can’t be Home to the Hyperloop. Let us know what you think about Elon Musk’s Hyperloop design below.

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