Officials in two major cities in the United States have disagreed with tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s claim to have the go-ahead to build an underground hyperloop track between several US cities.
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk tweeted the news that he had a verbal agreement with the US government to build a hyperloop system linking New York to Washington DC in just 29 minutes.
Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
Although few details have been released, Musk said the hyperloop system would run between city centres in New York, Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia. He added there would be 12 or more lifts providing entrance and exit points at each city station.
However Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, appeared to pour cold water on Musk’s claim.
This is news to City Hall. https://t.co/GmEm0b5C4i— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) July 20, 2017
According to USA Today, elected representatives in Philadelphia also denied knowledge of any agreement with Musk. However, the paper said a White House spokesperson confirmed “promising talks” had taken place with Musk and his tunnelling company, The Boring Company.
A different company, Hyperloop One, has recently completed a full scale test of the low pressure tube travel technology in the Nevada Desert.
In May Musk revealed pictures of his tunnel boring machine (TBM) built to create a network of high speed tunnels under Los Angeles in a bid to alleviate traffic pressure.
Musk first had the idea to build tunnels while stuck in traffic last December. He has since given a TED talk on his idea, during which he claimed cars could travel through the tunnels at 130mph on electric skates. But an engineering professor was quick to dismiss his ideas as unrealistic.