Canada’s All-Electric Train-Plane Hybrid Travels Faster Than a Jet
NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – Imagine traveling in a train that’s three times faster than the famed Bullet Train. A Canadian startup recently unveiled the FluxJet, a hybrid between an aircraft and a train, capable of riding at more than 621 mph sans emissions. That’s a little quicker than the average private jet or about three times faster than a high-speed train.
The plane without wings, as the company TransPod calls it, is based on a new field of physics called “veillance flux” and features an innovative “contactless power transmission”. It is also equipped with aerodynamic and propulsion systems designed specifically to reduce friction. Essentially, a vacuum tube setup allows the magnetically levitated pods to travel at a faster speed than trains, cars, and jets, said Robb Report, a leading voice in the global luxury market.
The FluxJet can carry up to 54 passengers plus two wheelchairs. It’s also fitted with four luggage racks and can transport up to 10 tons of cargo. It will travel along a dedicated tube system known as the TransPod line to alleviate congestion on main roads and highways. It’s not dissimilar to Virgin’s Hyperloop network of 600 mph pods that is set to roll out in 2030.
The TransPod line will have stations in key locations and major cities, with pods expected to depart every two minutes. The passenger ticket is expected to cost approximately 44 percent less than a plane ticket.
The FluxJet can reportedly reach 621 mph. What’s more, the project is expected to create up to 140,000 jobs and add $19.2 billion to Canada’s GDP throughout construction. It will also reduce CO2 emissions by about 636,000 tons per year. The train-plane plan appears to be gaining momentum, too.
TransPod recently received $550 million in financing and kicked off the next phase of an $18 billion US infrastructure project to build the TransPod Line between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta – which will reportedly get you to the city in just 45 minutes.
The company also recently presented a scaled-down FluxJet at an event in Toronto to showcase its flight capabilities. The demo model executed a take-off and landing procedure within its guideway. Inside, there’s room for 54 passengers.