HyperloopTT relocates European operations to Italy

by | 28. February 2024

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), a pioneering company in the development of sustainable high-speed travel, announced from Toulouse, France to Veneto, Italy, marking a shift in its European operations.

The decision comes after the recent signing of the contract for “Hyper Transfer,” which laid the groundwork for the relocation. The move signifies the end of an era in Toulouse, where HyperloopTT had its research and development centre.HyperloopTT’s move to Italy follows its successful bid for the Italian tender in 2023, with the contract for Hyper Transfer officially signed in January 2024, initiating the project.

The company will establish new offices outside Venice, in addition to operating alongside its longtime research partner, the Polytechnic of Turin, and Hyperloop Italia’s office in Puglia. All essential components, including capsules, vacuum pumps, control centres, and levitation and propulsion systems, will be transported to Italy. Personnel from Toulouse will continue their work on Hyper Transfer and other projects.

Goodbye Toulouse

Since its establishment in Toulouse in 2017, HyperloopTT has made significant contributions to the local economy and achieved numerous testing milestones. These include the construction of a 320-metre test track with full-scale tubes and pylons, as well as the successful completion of various propulsion and levitation tests. The dismantling of HyperloopTT’s original track in Toulouse began in February, with the relocation expected to be completed within the next six months.

Andrés de León, CEO of HyperloopTT, expressed gratitude to the Toulouse community for its support over the years, acknowledging the pivotal role the city played in the company’s development. De León highlighted the need for a larger test site to advance hyperloop certification, prompting the move to Italy.

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