Virgin Hyperloop One said Tuesday it has done a “pre-feasability study” and has a framework agreement with local governments in India’s Maharashtra state to create a fully electric hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune.
The plan would be to have the system running by 2025. It could carry up to 150 million passengers a year.
“The hyperloop route will link central Pune, Navi Mumbai International Airport, and Mumbai in 25-minutes instead of the roughly 3 hours it currently takes by car and train,” Richard Branson’s company announced at the Magnetic Maharashtra Convergence Conference and Investors Summit.
India’s Business Today reported that Virgin is building a 10km test and demonstration track there ahead of the start of construction. The system could first be used to transport light freight, before adding passengers.
“I believe Virgin Hyperloop One could have the same impact upon India in the 21st century as trains did in the 20th century,” Branson was quoted as saying in The Independent. “Virgin Hyperloop One can help India become a global transportation pioneer and forge a new world-changing industry.”