Nevada has been chosen as the test location for the Hyperloop, a high speed transportation system conceptualized by Tesla Motors chief CEO Elon Musk which could potentially reach a top speed of 760 miles per hour.
The Hyperloop system involves building a full-length tube between destinations within which a transport pod carrying passengers or cargo is levitated by magnets and accelerated through a controlled environment. The system is intended to be carbon-free and powered by renewable energy. The project plans to take passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.
Hyperloop Technologies is one of several companies looking to bring the Hyperloop into reality. The company announced this week it had chosen the Apex Industrial Park in the city of North Las Vegas, Nevada, as the location for its first initial test. Called the Propulsion Open Air Test, it will send an electric motor along a 1 kilometer track at a speed of 540 kilometers per hour (335 miles per hour).
"This decision represents another major milestone in our journey to bring Hyperloop to commercial reality," said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop Technologies, in a press release.