LIMA — A hyperloop test pod will be on display in downtown Lima next week, moving the city that much closer to its hyperloop dreams.
Virgin Hyperloop One will have its XP-1 test pod set up from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the southeast quadrant of Town Square for people to view.
The pod is an aerodynamic vehicle that runs on a highly efficient motor, power electronics, magnetic levitation and vacuum pumping systems.
“It’s really an exciting opportunity to see the hyperloop, along with the fact that they’re going to be demonstrating and showing off the vehicle,” Mayor David Berger said. “It’s really like science fiction come true. There’s a lot of excitement about this new form of transportation.”
Virgin Hyperloop One is taking the pod on a roadshow across the country after completing the world’s first full-system hyperloop test. The goal of the show is to give people a chance to see the test pod and learn more about the process of bringing the hyperloop to life.
They describe a hyperloop as a mode of transportation in which the vehicle is propelled electronically through a low-pressure tube using magnetic levitation.
In its experimental test runs in Nevada, the XP-1 set a full-scale hyperloop speed record of 240 mph on 550 yards of track, according to a press release from Berger’s office. Berger visited the test site in May 2018.
Last September, Virgin Hyperloop One announced the Midwest Hyperloop route, which would run through Lima, is one of 10 routes looking to be developed in the country. The route would connect Columbus, Pittsburgh and Chicago.
“The reason that it’s coming to Lima is that Lima, along with other communities from Chicago to Columbus to Pittsburgh, we’re part of this study for both a high-speed passenger rail and also for hyperloop possibilities that would serve our region,” Berger explained.
The pod will also be on display in Columbus, Dublin and Marysville.
A $2.5 million study is still being done by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to determine the feasibility and environmental impact of these systems. The study found that a trip to Chicago could be reduced to about two and a half hours with hyperloop trips at 110 mph.
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