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Everything in loop

Europes first teasting area for Hyperloops takes form

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Europa's first step into the future of transport: the European Hyperloop Centre opens a ground-breaking test track for magnetic tube systems in Veendam, the Netherlands. The limits of what is possible are being explored at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

View over the Hyperloop testing area in Europe

The transport of the future? The Hyperloop is tested in many regions, now also in Europe © European Hyperloop Center

Whether we will really be travelling at the speed of sound through magnetic tube systems in the future is still uncertain today. The European Hyperloop Centre is now doing everything in its power to test the futuristic idea, which has so far been the preserve of the East Asian and US tech world, on European soil: In Veendam near Groningen in the Netherlands, the continent's first long Hyperloop test track will be completed in spring 2024. What the Technical University of Munich tested last summer at 24 metres is now being extended to 420 metres - initially at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour. People are not yet to be transported; at this stage, it is more a question of general roadworthiness. The project is being financed by 25 commercial and public partners, including the EU.