Travel just got faster for Canadian citizens. Expediating travel time in the city, Canadians will soon have a faster new way to travel around town. TransPod, a Canadian start-up, recently unveiled a hybrid between an aircraft and a train, dubbed the FluxJet. It is an ultra-high-speed ground transportation vehicle to connect people, cities and businesses, address climate change, and can reach a top speed of over 1,000km/h — making it faster than a jet and three times as fast as a high-speed train.
Unveiled in Toronto, the FluxJet is a hybrid between an aircraft and a train and is based on groundbreaking innovations in propulsion and fossil-fuel-free clean energy systems.
Upon first glance, the design looks futuristic and sleek, The white body of the FluxJet is complimented with black mirrors on the front. Further, the Canadian start-up confirmed $550 million of financing and the TransPod Line will connect the cities of Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. Once the TransPod Line is in operation, it will cost passengers approximately 44 per cent less than a plane ticket to travel the corridor and reduce CO2 emissions by 636,000 tonnes per year.
“All the hard work over the past few years has led to this milestone moment where talk is becoming a reality. The technology is proven, and we have the confidence of investors, governments, and partners to continue pushing forward to redefine transportation effectively,” said Sebastien Gendron, co-founder and CEO, TransPod.
“This milestone is a major leap forward,” said Ryan Janzen, co-founder and CTO, TransPod in an official press release. “The FluxJet is at a nexus of scientific research, industrial development, and massive infrastructure to address passengers’ needs and reduce our dependence on fossil-fuel-heavy jets and highways.” He further said, “The FluxJet is a first for Canadian innovation and is the next great infrastructure project to be brought worldwide. The TransPod Line is being developed in collaboration with our partners in Europe, USA, and beyond, including universities, research centres, the aerospace industry, architecture, railway, and construction partners.”
The construction of the Alberta TransPod Line will create 140,000 new jobs and add $19.2B to the region’s GDP — all at no cost to the taxpayer.
The first phase of construction which consists of the connection of the Edmonton airport, will start at the end of 2023, and the full line connecting Calgary to Edmonton will begin in 2027.