Dutch Hyperloop Project Awarded Over $17 Million by the European Commission

European officials are supporting hyperloop development, reinforcing the fact that future mobility should include this innovative, emissions-free means of transportation. A Dutch company that is developing not only a hyperloop, but also a state-of-the-art international testing facility, has recently been awarded the biggest European funding ever provided for this type of project.
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Hardt recently became the first hyperloop company to receive substantial financial support from Brussels, as it was awarded over $17 million (€15 million) by the European Innovation Council (EIC). Hyperloop vehicles have already been acknowledged as a viable solution, in the European Commission’s strategy for sustainable mobility. These innovative vehicles that are powered by an electromagnetic propulsion system and that move through tubes, are not only emissions-free, but also energy-efficient.

Hardt has already been cooperating with the Dutch government and the Province and Municipality of Groningen, plus several commercial partners, for advancing its hyperloop technology. This recent funding comes as an additional confirmation of the company’s achievements so far.

Apart from developing the vehicle itself and the additional infrastructure, Hardt is also the first to launch the first facility in Europe able to test this transport system at high speeds. Called the European Hyperloop Center, this pilot project will welcome developers from all over the world and will enable advanced tests, including lane switching and emergency braking. According to Hardt, the future hyperloop network won’t require intermediate stops, which is why lane switching is such an important feature.

The Center is set to open in 2023 and it will be a major step towards establishing the first hyperloop route in the Netherlands. This route would connect the busiest freight centers in the country, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The Dutch startup hopes to be able to inaugurate the breakthrough hyperloop route in the next ten years, which would then lead to an extended European hyperloop network.
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