European Hyperloop Center to opt for temporary test track
In an effort to maintain its development momentum, the European Hyperloop Center (EHC) is in talks with HUSA Logistics for the construction of a temporary test track, as the planned main testing facilities will take considerable time to come to fruition.
The EHC and HUSA Logistics have engaged in preliminary talks on the construction of a 420-metre test track on the HUSA Logistics site in the Dutch town of Veendam. The parties involved expect to start construction in the second quarter of this year, with the first tube segment to be placed before year-end 2022.
The envisioned 2,6-kilometre test track is to be built some 30 kilometres down the road in Meerstad, where the EHC’s main facilities will be grouped. While the town was designated at the company’s main seat in 2019, the EHC is still in the midst of regulatory and permit issuance procedures.
A temporary test track would enable the stakeholders to begin phase-one testing, which includes the all-important hyperloop switch that will guide the pod from one tube to another at 75 kilometres per hour. Testing at Veendam would also enable EHC to draw up better plans for the next phase, which includes performing the switch at 700 kilometres per hour at the main testing facilities.
Once the primary site is complete, the temporary test track will be reused and incorporated into the main test tube. The track is scheduled to start operations in 2023, with the aim of system certification for cargo transport by 2025. the IHC is part of the Hyperloop Development Program, which also includes the Dutch government.