LA Times talks to Elon Musk in an interview. California high speed rail is starting up, but you've proposed an alternative — maybe solar-powered, maybe on a pneumatic track — you call the hyperloop?
Aeromovel blowers propel air (under low pressure) through a duct built into the guideway. The pressurized air pushes a propulsion plate attached to the bottom of the vehicle. This propulsion plate acts like an upside down sail, propelling the vehicle forward and helping to stop it when the air flow is reversed.
Acceleration and deceleration are smooth and efficient; traction noise and vibration are minimized; vehicle speed can reach 80 km per hour (50 mph) in urban applications.
The combination of pneumatic propulsion and non-axle wheel design permits AEROMOVEL® vehicles to climb steep gradients up to 12% and traverse sharp curves with a radius as low as 25 meters (82 Feet).
The vehicle is driven by a pneumatic propulsion system which converts electrical power into air flow and transmits thrust directly to the vehicle without gears or intervening electric circuits.
Stationary electrical blowers, located close to the passenger stations produce the necessary pressurized air, which is generated according to the desired vehicle acceleration rate and speed.
Excellent system reliability is achieved by using these sturdy, proven industrial components.
The power propulsion units are completely contained in sound-insulated housing units.
The variable speed motors increase efficiency and minimize any loss of energy.
Large, powerful motors provide AEROMOVEL® with a wide range of air movement capability, while keeping the cost of operation and maintenance at a minimum.
The stationary power propulsion units reduce wear and allow simple and efficient maintenance, because they are separated from the moving vehicle.