A Hyperloop Better Than a Plane?January 25, 2020
Ada Colau, mayor of Barcelona, launched a challenge concerning flights between Barcelona and Madrid. She suggested scrapping all of the flights between those cities to reduce air pollution caused by planes. People are encouraged to travel by high-speed trains which are far more environmentally friendly.
She is not the only government official who is fighting for the environment. Politicians in Germany are considering reducing rail fares in order to get more people into commuting by trains. What is more, new surcharges on air travel will begin in April. Airline tickets will be much more expensive due to a climate tax which will make the prices go up by roughly 28%.
In Sweden, the railway is owned by the government and it already has an eight percent rise in the number of passengers. At the same time, number of passengers using domestic flights dropped by the same percentage.
Changes are coming. As people grow more aware of the climate change, it is important to encourage people to use sources of renewable energy more frequently. With hyperloop technology it will be possible to travel without a negative impact on the environment. That is one of the reasons why so many people are interested in this idea and want to see it happen. It is also a great opportunity for Zeleros Hyperloop, a Spanish company headquartered in Valencia and recently awarded with EIT Public Award of the EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology. If the Spanish government is keen on the idea of reducing air pollution maybe it will also be interested in supporting the development of running on renewable energy, high-speed transpotation system.