Emissions from Today's Infrastructure
Greenhouse gas emissions continue to pollute the air and threaten our climate. The EPA found
By running solar panels along the length of the Hyperloop, it will generate more than enough clean energy to power itself. Currently, the Berkeley Hyperloop team is designing a 28-seat pod to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under an hour. A single Hyperloop can shuttle a pod both ways every five minutes. If we make the conservative estimate that the Hyperloop will run for twelve hours a day, we can transport over 52,000 people a week. In California, that equates to over 51,000 automobile rides based on average vehicle occupancy , or 370 Southwest flights, at a fraction of the cost. This isn't just a push for cleaner skies, but more open roads to make all other transport easier on our limited infrastructure.
Berkeley Hyperloop is engineering a new way for people to commute quicker than ever in an environmentally conscious manner. With a single two-way Hyperloop, we will clear enough auto traffic to save the environment from 7,800 metric tons of CO2 a week (405k tons CO2/year) . Hyperloop is the clear choice for a sustainable, environmentally friendly future.
- http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_04_23.html (assuming light vehicle, short wheel base 23.3 mpg and 8.9 kg CO2/gal)