Elon Musk provided a number of information about The Boring Company’s tunneling initiatives in Los Angeles in a information session held Thursday night at the Leo Baeck Temple. The event was led by Elon Musk and SpaceX director Steve Davis, who was featured in the company’s recent SEC filing. Here are the main takeaways from the briefing.
- The Boring Co.’s tunnel boring machines are fully electric, making them 3 times more powerful than conventional tunnel boring machines. Tesla batteries are used to power machines, which eliminates the need for wiring.
- The Boring Company aims to drill and lay the tunnel walls simultaneously while excavating the earth from the tunnel using battery-powered electric locomotives, fitted with two Model 3 engines.
- Musk and Davis also discussed the Boring Bricks, interlocking bricks made from tunnels of rock. Musk noted that boring bricks, which could be used for affordable housing, are better than cinder blocks. Egyptian models, featuring designs like the Temple of Horus, will also be sold.
- Urban Loop transit – electric pods designed for commuters – will cost $ 1 per ticket. The speed of the urban loop will be 150 mph and will travel from downtown Los Angeles to LAX airport in 8 minutes. Each pod can carry a maximum of 16 people.
- Boring Co. tunnels will also support Hyperloop technology. Much like the Urban Loop pods, the Hyperloop pods will carry a maximum of 16 people. Hyperloop pods, however, will be much faster, traveling at 700 mph.
- The proof of concept tunnel under Sepulveda Blvd. in LA will not be used for public transport. There will be no street closures, no tunnels under houses or businesses. Residents will not “see, smell or hear” any of the startup’s activities. The utility lines will also be spared by the project.
- The Boring Company will work closely with LA Metro. Musk said that overall, “we want to connect and complement the transportation systems” that are already in place.
- Rocket technology is used to develop and build the Boring Co. tunnels, as a number of SpaceX engineers are working on the tunnel startup’s projects.
- Line-Storm, the company’s second TBM, features improvements over Godot, its first TBM. According to Musk, Godot is a conventional tunnel boring machine. Line-Storm, however, is “essentially a hybrid between the conventional drill and the Proof-Rock, which is the machine designed entirely by the Boring Company.” Proof-Rock will be 10 to 15 times faster than current tunnel boring machines. Line-storm will be at least 2 times faster than a conventional boring machine.
- The Boring Company will do a full environmental impact report. Musk noted that the company “doesn’t expect any problems with the EIR.” Musk said, however, that the EIR will likely take some time to complete.
- Elon Musk teased a party ahead of the Proof of Concept Tunnel launch.
The Boring Company came to fruition as Elon Musk’s means of alleviating the “soul-destroying” trafficking that prevails on American streets. Right before the livestream, Elon Musk and LA Metro announced that Boring Co.’s proof of concept tunnel project will be go ahead as planned. A statement from LA Metro reads as follows.
“Metro management and CEO Phil Washington had a great meeting today with the talented staff of the Boring Company. They will coordinate with us as they move forward with their proof-of-concept tunnel under Sepulveda Boulevard to ensure it does not interfere with our Sepulveda transit corridor rail project. We will be partners to move forward.
Watch the Boring Company briefing in the video below.