21 January 2021
EIT InnoEnergy supported Hardt is involved, as part of the Hyperloop Development Program,
in the exploration of opportunities for using hyperloop for freight transport.
A pilot route that would constitute a first step in creating a pan-European emission-free
hyperloop network is being investigated in the largest urban area of The Netherlands between
Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The preconditions and effects of a hyperloop connection for cargo
between important and volume-intensive hubs in the provinces of Noord and Zuid-Holland are
being researched by an extensive coalition of (inter) national companies, governments and
network organizations, as was laid down in a covenant earlier this week. The aim is for the study
to identify similar challenges and provide solutions facing urban areas elsewhere in Europe,
thereby paving the way for investment in hyperloop infrastructure across the entire continent.
Such a network would make it possible to send goods across Europe in hours rather than days,
while a global network would cut transport times to just days.
The parties participating in this study are part of, or involved in The Netherlands’ largest export
industries. The focus is on the busiest domestic/National freight corridor between the cities of Rotterdam
and Amsterdam. Connecting producers, traders, buyers and logistics nodes on this corridor with a
hyperloop, offers the potential to drastically reduce transport with existing modalities and significantly
increase the speed and reliability of delivery. This would mean a gross reduction in maintenance costs
for existing infrastructure and would alleviate the congestion problem. Also, a significant improvement
of the air quality in the heavily populated area could be achieved, by reducing CO2 emissions. The
latter would be a major step for the transport sector in achieving its ambitions towards achieving the
climate agreement goals.
Walther Ploos van Amstel, economist and Lector City Logistics at the University of Applies Science of
Amsterdam: “The hyperloop is a ’gamechanger’ for transport, like the container in the 60s of the last
century. The competitiveness of regions is going to change. The Netherlands, as the logistics main port
of Europe, must capitalize on it now.”