HyperloopTT has finalized South America’s first hyperloop feasibility study. The study analyzes the economic, environmental and societal effects of connecting Porto Alegre to Caxias do Sul in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Currently, a 2 hour trip by car or bus, a hyperloop system could complete the 137 km journey in under 20 minutes. The completion of this study marks the third major feasibility study of a potential route conducted by HyperloopTT’s public and private partners. To date, each study has found HyperloopTT’s system to be feasible with long-term economic and environmental benefits.
Three feasibility studies on three continents
Independent feasibility studies continue to showcase the transformative benefits of HyperloopTT’s infrastructure system.
United Arab Emirates Feasibility Study
Completed in 2017, HyperloopTT’s first feasibility study of a commercial hyperloop route analyzed the creation of a high-speed connection between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Conducted in partnership with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transportation, the study found that HyperloopTT’s system was economically feasible in the desert environment and would promote long-term sustainability goals.
Great Lakes Hyperloop Feasibility Study
Completed in 2019, the United States’ first interstate hyperloop feasibility study analyzed the creation of a hyperloop network connecting Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Independent transportation economists at TEMS found that the system could operate profitably without requiring government subsidies.
Total travel time for the 771 km route was found to be just 71 minutes compared to current road-based options that take more than 7 hours. The high-speed connection between cities is projected to increase regional income by $47.6 billion while reducing more than 143 million tons of CO2 over 25 years.
Porto Alegre Feasibility Study
Completed in 2021, South America’s first hyperloop feasibility study assesses the connection of Porto Alegre and Caxias do Sul in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Conducted in collaboration with the state government and federal university, the study found that a 137 km connection through the region’s mountainous terrain would take less than 20 minutes and operate profitably without requiring government subsidies. The study also found that developing a hyperloop in the region would decrease transportation costs by $435 million over 30 years.
A HyperloopTT system within the region is projected to generate more than 3.6 times the energy required for annual operations, creating self-sufficient transportation capable of reducing more than 90 million tons of CO2 emissions with zero operating emission travel.
Global commercial viability
From the deserts of Abu Dhabi to the plains of middle America and the mountainous terrain of Southern Brazil, multiple studies have found that HyperloopTT’s systems operate profitably and unlock long-term economic and environmental benefits.
Currently, transportation is the fastest-growing source of CO2 emissions and large-scale infrastructure innovation is required to reverse the harmful effects of climate change. HyperloopTT is committed to demonstrating the long-lasting global benefits of hyperloop travel and will continue working with public and private partners worldwide to implement sustainable transportation infrastructure.
The results of feasibility studies assessing HyperloopTT’s system are clear. Sustainable high-speed transportation is possible and profitable no matter the country, continent or climate systems are developed in. The future of transportation is being engineered and studied at HyperloopTT.
As routes continue to progress, HyperloopTT is committed to demonstrating that the technology required to create the future we want to live in is buildable.