A new high-speed rail line will run from Paris to Berlin in one hour

Picture this: you step into a pod in Paris, settle in for a siesta and in just over an hour you’ve been rocketed to Berlin. That’s more than 1,000 kilometers in less time than it currently takes to fly between these two European capitals. Sounds pretty fancy, huh?

But all this is not a far-fetched fantasy: it is the future currently proposed by Zeleros, a Spanish hyperloop company. Hyperloops are essentially transport projects based on modules and tubes that minimize air resistance and therefore have the potential to allow people to travel long distances much, much faster than they currently can.

Zeleros designs feature pressurized, air-locked pods that will be able to carry up to 200 passengers at 1,000 kilometers per hour. Interestingly, the Zeleros hyperloop is also 100% electric, which means that if powered by renewable energy, they could be remarkably good for the environment. Here are some renders and images of the designs.

Picture: Zeleros

Zeleros hyperloop designs
Picture: Zeleros

Zeleros hyperloop designs
Picture: Zeleros

Right now, a plane-free future looks attractive for more reasons than just saving the planet. Since the return of demand for air travel following the pandemic, the aviation industry has struggled with delays, cancellations, lost baggage and long lines. A future without all that stressful stuff sounds very appealing indeed — but in the meantime, here are 10 ways to make sure you avoid vacation hell this summer.

And it is not only between Paris and Berlin that Zeleros plans to build its hyperloop lines. The company is planning a global tube network that could reduce travel times between cities around the world. Routes such as San Francisco-Los Angeles, Paris-Barcelona, ​​Sydney-Melbourne and Boston-Washington DC could all be cut to less than an hour.

It’s not yet known exactly when Zeleros’ plans are expected to go live, but you can read more about them and the wider network. here.

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Jose P. Rogers