Hawthorne Hyperloop has been removed [Update]

Elon Musk’s prototype Hyperloop tunnel has been removed from its home near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

The Hyperloop hosted student competitions in 2018 and 2019 but has been dormant since.

The location is now home to excess parking for SpaceX staff.

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Bloomberg reporters went to the site earlier this week and confirmed that the Hyperloop is no longer there.

However, they could not confirm if the original underground test tunnel is still in operation or accessible.

UPDATE 3:51pm PT: According to a source at Tesla’s Hawthorne facility, work to deconstruct the Hyperloop was completed on June 21, 2022. The tunnel was not filled in and is still accessible, but not used.

Hyperloop was always exciting, but it has been severely scaled back over the years.

Today, many hyperloop companies have either shut down or pivoted to cargo shipments as the legal and financial hurdles to get an operational passenger loop was just impossible.

Although SpaceX has moved on from Hyperloop, the Boring Company continues to work on the idea.

Their Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop and now expanded Las Vegas loop, utilizes Tesla vehicles instead of a traditional vacuum hyperloop.

However, the Boring Company continues to work on the Hyperloop and is hoping to test this year.

It is a far cry from what Elon Musk imagined all those years ago, but they can still deliver an okay traffic solution in the right circumstances.

The question is, did SpaceX or the Boring Company scrap the loop or move it to another secret location?

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