Virgin Hyperloop One has announced it has signed an agreement with the Spanish government to open a testing centre in the Andalusian region of Spain.
The Spanish centre will be the company’s first expansion into Europe and the 19,000 square metre facility is planned to open in 2020.
“With its robust transportation, aerospace and high-tech sectors in turn paired with outstanding region talent, Spain is an ideal fit for Virgin Hyperloop One’s Advanced Technology Development and Testing Center,” Rob Lloyd, Virgin Hyperloop One CEO, said. “By investing in the development and testing of Virgin Hyperloop One, Spain is extending its long-tradition as an innovative, global transport leader. We are excited to partner with such a forward-thinking country in developing the next generation of transportation.”
The testing centre will be located in the Andalusian region of Spain at Bobadilla, a village of the municipality of Antequera, in the province of Malaga. With over 9,000 companies in transport and logistics, the second largest aerospace cluster in Spain, and 20,000 employees in R&D, the new centre in Andalusia complements the advanced transportation, aerospace, and high-tech innovation in the region and will be a catalyst for further economic growth. The new centre is expected to hire up to 300 high-tech skilled professionals and spur job creation in a broad ecosystem of partners and suppliers in the region.
“For hyperloop to be commercially viable it needs to be safe and reliable - safety is our number-one priority,” said Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Virgin Hyperloop One. “We’ve already been testing and improving our technology for the last four years, including building the only full-scale hyperloop system in the world. Ultimately, the centre will help us deliver upon our first projects and scale to meet future demand around the world.”
Find out more on the Virgin Hyperloop One website.