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Hyperloop One wants to connect Russia and China

by Jacob Kleinman | June 21, 2016June 21, 2016 9:20 am PDT

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Hyperloop One and The Summa Group Sign Deal with City of Moscow to Develop Hyperloop Routes in Russia

Assembles World-Class Judging Panel for The Hyperloop One Global Challenge

LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2016)-Hyperloop One today extends its leadership on the path toward building the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop. The company and The Summa Group, a diversified firm with significant infrastructure investments in Russia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the city of Moscow to explore building high-capacity passenger systems connected to Moscow’s transport grid. The agreement was signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Hyperloop One now has feasibility studies underway in Finland and Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Dubai, the Port of Los Angeles and the United Kingdom.

“We are excited for the partnership between the Summa Group, the Russian Government and Hyperloop One to construct a Hyperloop in Moscow,” said Shervin Pishevar, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One. “Hyperloop can improve life dramatically for the 16 million people in the greater Moscow area, cutting their commute to a fraction of what it is today. Our longer term vision is to work with Russia to implement a transformative new Silk Road: a cargo Hyperloop that whisks freight containers from China to Europe in a day.”

“The implementation of Hyperloop technology provides tremendous benefits to the Russian Federation in terms of the geopolitical development of the intracontinental transit potential and building of an economically attractive alternative to the existing global logistics flows,” said Ziyavudin Magomedov, owner of the Summa Group. “In the long term, Hyperloop could catalyze the development of regional economic integration, including the Eurasian Economic Union and the Chinese initiative “One Belt – One Road.”

The company also announced the judges for the Hyperloop Global Challenge, a first of its kind competition that will identify and select teams and locations with the best proposals to make Hyperloop a reality around the world.

The growing panel of judges for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge includes five of the world’s leading experts in transportation, technology, economics and innovation: Peter Diamandis, Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation; Bassam Mansour, International Railway Industry Advisor; Clive Burrows, one of the world’s most respected transport engineers; Alan Berger, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Ulla Tapaninen Senior Advisor or Economic Development at the City of Helsinki, Finland. This international panel of judges will review the entries towards the end of 2016. A shortlist of projects will then be scrutinized in more detail, and the panel will advise on the selection of three winners to be announced in March 2017.

“We have assembled the best and brightest minds, bringing together the world leaders in their respective fields to judge the Hyperloop One Global Challenge,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One. “This growing panel of world-class experts has the experience and ability to work with us to decide what could bethe world’s first Hyperloop project.”

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge launched on May 10, 2016 during the same time as the company’s successful, full-scale Propulsion Test in North Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been a tremendous success with over 225 registrants from 45 countriesin a little over a month’s time. The Hyperloop One Global Challenge will provide an opportunity for individuals, companies and governments to develop competitive proposals using the first Hyperloop One solutions on transport corridors in their regions. For a complete list of what is needed for involvement as well as the appropriate entry forms, please see the Who Should Enter section at

The deadline for entries is September 15, 2016. Hyperloop One and the expert judges panel will select by March 2017 three finalists that best demonstrate the transformative power of Hyperloop and will be most likely to receive government, financial and regulatory support. Finalists will get additional access to the Hyperloop One ecosystem, technology, coaching, guidance and a dedicated Hyperloop One point person to work on taking plans to the next level. Teams that demonstrate real opportunity, favorable economics, strong government relations, a positive investment climate, and the willpower to advance regulatory climate stand the best chance of winning. Winners will be able to tap further into the network, getting full access to the technology and the ability to help raise capital in creative ways.

For more information on how to register for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, please visit

Earlier this year, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced plans for a track that could link three major cities across Eastern Europe. Now the company’s main competitor, Hyperloop One, is eyeing the continent as well with new plans to install a system in Russia’s capital city.

Hyperloop One announced the deal on Tuesday and says it’s looking into connecting Moscow’s current transportation grid to the futuristic tube-based system, which is theoretically capable of traveling at up to 760 miles per hour. The company is also partnering with the Summa Group, a Russian corporation mostly focused on oil and ports.

“Hyperloop can improve life dramatically for the 16 million people in the greater Moscow area, cutting their commute to a fraction of what it is today,” said Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar. “Our longer term vision is to work with Russia to implement a transformative new Silk Road: a cargo Hyperloop that whisks freight containers from China to Europe in a day.”

Hyperloop One is also looking into possible routes in Finland and Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Dubai, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. Additionally, the company is establishing a panel of experts to judge the first Hyperloop One Global Challenge. The contest, which kicks off later this year, will focus on proposals for making the hyperloop a reality around the world.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...