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Hyperloop system mooted in Thailand

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Canandian hyperloop start-up TransPod has tabled plans to build a hyperloop network between Bangkok to Phuket in Thailand.

In a report supported by the country’s Future Forward Party, TransPod has suggested that developing a hyperloop system in Thailand could boost the country’s GDP by 4.7% and have an overall economic rate of return of 13.78%. 

As well as boosting the economy, the start-up claims that the system will add over 180,000 new jobs to Thailand through construction, operation and maintenance.

Taking cars off Thailand’s busy roads by installing the hyperloop system could save thousands of lives by reducing traffic collisions, the company has also claimed.  

TransPod Inc. co-founder Sebastien Gendron said: “The results of the pre-feasibility study are incredibly promising and demonstrate enormous potential for significant improvements to Thailand’s economy as well as the daily lives of its citizens. By engaging TransPod to support the development in the Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Phuket corridor, the Future Forward Party could leverage our key innovations designed to drastically reduce costs, increase reliability, and improve operational performance.” 

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said: “We see a great deal of opportunity for Thailand to embrace TransPod’s innovative technology to strengthen our position as a leader in Southeast Asia and beyond.” 

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TransPod vehicle concept design

Source: TransPod

The TransPod concept vehicle resembles an aircraft jet-engine

The system being developed by TransPod is intended to create a transport system capable of travelling at 1,200km/h. The TransPod system uses electrically-driven magnetic propulsion and low-pressure tubes to remove as much friction from the system as possible. 

The 800km 12-hour car journey from Bangkok to Phuket could be completed in as little as 40 minutes if the system operates at its full speed. The TransPod tube system will also be able to carry passenger and cargo vehicles on the same route at the same time. 

Cost studies by TransPod have shown that the infrastructure for a Hyperloop system built on platforms, not tunnels, could be produced for a similar cost to highspeed railways.  

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