SpaceX and Tesla Test Hyperloop Vehicle at 220 Miles per Hour

Elon Musk is apparently very resentful of all the attention that Hyperloop One has been attracting with its testing. Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) and SpaceX tested a pusher vehicle at speeds of up to 220 miles (355 kilometers) per hour in their test tube in Hawthorne, California.

The speed test involved what can best be described as a Hyperloop locomotive, an engine designed to push or pull pods through the tube, TechCrunch reported. Interestingly enough the top speed of the engine was 19 miles an hour faster than the fastest test pod in SpaceX’s August Hyperloop competition which moved at a speed of 201 MPH (324 KPH).

Both tests are faster than Hyperloop One’s Pod; which was tested at a speed of 192 miles per hour (308.994 kilometers per hour) on July 29, USA Today reported. Hyperloop One is still the clear leader here because it has a full sized test track and pod. SpaceX’s pods and tubes are not big enough to carry people, Hyperloop One’s is.

Competition is Good For Hyperloop

This competition is obviously good for Hyperloop because it will spur more development and testing. Interestingly enough, the SpaceX locomotive was built with off the shelve technology; the drive train from a Tesla car. It was able to achieve those speeds with a 75 horse power motor, Tech Crunch reported. That proves how potentially disruptive this technology can be.

One has to wonder what will happen when the other two companies with test tracks Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) and Hardt Global Mobility start testing their systems. Hardt has a high-speed Hyperloop test track at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. HTT is building a test track and a passenger pod in Toulouse, France.

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