TransPod, the startup that is building the ultra-high-speed ground transportation system (the TransPod Line) to redefine passenger and cargo transportation, unveiled the FluxJet, an industry-defining innovation that transforms the way we live, work, and travel. Based on groundbreaking innovations in propulsion and fossil-fuel-free clean energy systems, the FluxJet is a fully electric vehicle that is effectively a hybrid between an aircraft and a train.
What is the FluxJet?
Featuring technological leaps in contactless power transmission and a new field of physics called veillance flux, the FluxJet travels in a protected guideway at over 1000 km/h – faster than a jet and three times as fast as a high-speed train. The FluxJet will operate exclusively on the TransPod Line, a network system with stations in key locations and major cities, featuring high-frequency departures designed to enable fast, affordable, and safe travel.
Most recently, TransPod confirmed $550 million US finance and announced the next phase of an $18 billion United States infrastructure project to build the TransPod Line to connect the cities of Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. Preliminary construction work, including the environmental impact assessment, has begun. This rather critical project will create up to 140,000 jobs and add $19.2 billion to the region’s GDP throughout the construction process.
Once the TransPod Line is in operation, it will cost passengers approximately 44% less than a plane ticket to travel the corridor and reduce CO2 emissions by 636,000 tonnes per year.
At TransPod’s unveiling event in Toronto, a scaled-down FluxJet was featured in a live demonstration showing its flight capabilities. The almost 1-tonne FluxJet vehicle showed a take-off, travel, and landing procedure within its guideway. Demo footage can be found here.
What were the executives’ thoughts on FluxJet?
“All the hard work we have put in 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 Chief Executive Officer, TransPod.
“This is a major leap forward. The FluxJet is at a nexus of scientific research, industrial development, and massive infrastructure to address passengers’ needs and cut dependence on fossil-fuel-heavy jets and highways,” said Ryan Janzen, co-founder and CTO, TransPod.
“TransPod completely changes the game with ultra high-speed, zero-emission passenger travel and freight transportation between major gateway cities. It is time for bold action from our policymakers, investors, and operators to support the commercialization of made-in-Canada innovations like TransPod, to win in the multi-trillion dollar global innovation economy,” commented Yung Wu, Chief Executive Officer of MaRS Discovery District.
“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, United States, and beyond, including universities, research centres, the aerospace industry, architecture, railway, and construction partners,” Janzen further commented.
TransPod’s FluxJet unveiling was made possible with the support and collaboration of the Building Trades of Alberta, Canada’s Building Trades Unions, Dassault Systèmes, DHL Express, MaRS, Ikos Consulting, REC Architecture, and SADE Engineering.