The Boring Company’s effort to create a network of tunnels to enable of electric transit network called ‘Loop’ under Los Angeles is rapidly coming closer to reality as they complete their first tunnel.
Today, Elon Musk released a video of the first completed tunnel.
As we previously reported, Musk’s Boring Company reportedly already completed a 305-feet (100 meters) tunnel with an entrance in SpaceX’s parking lot in Hawthorne last year when they also started working on extending the tunnel by 2 miles in Hawthorne toward the Los Angeles International Airport, according to a proposal with the municipality.
It looks like they have now completed that tunnel.
Musk wrote on Instagram:
“First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months.
Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project. Strong support from public, elected officials & regulators is critical to success.”
He made the comment with the release of a video of the completed tunnel:
First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months. Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project. Strong support from public, elected officials & regulators is critical to success. As mentioned in prior posts, once fully operational (demo system rides will be free), the system will always give priority to pods for pedestrians & cyclists for less than the cost of a bus ticket.
It is expected to serve as the proof of concept for the company’s vision of a network of tunnels under the city. They unveiled a concept map of the planned Los Angeles tunnel network last year and they are already working to receive approval from regulators for other tunnels in the network.
The Los Angeles project is also only one of several projects that the Boring Company is working on now that it is flush with cash. They recently raised $112.5 million, which came mostly from Musk himself.
Along with those tunnels under LA, Musk’s latest startup is also working on a mix of ‘loop’ and hyperloop project on the east coast and a loop a mass transit system in Chicago.
The CEO added today that another hyperloop project could get started between Los Angeles and San Francisco as soon as next year:
The LA-SF route was the original hyperloop route that Musk used as an example for his white paper on the hyperloop technology to transport people inside pods propelled at high speeds inside low-pressure tubes.
They plan to use Tesla’s electric powertrain technology for the propulsion system and we recently reported on Tesla planning to sell $400,000 worth of ‘electric motors and batteries’ to the startup in order to build the prototypes.
We will take a closer look at The Boring Company’s technology, both their boring and transport technologies, when we visit them this summer.