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Musk reveals details of his electric tunnelling machines

The Boring Company founder Elon Musk has revealed more details of his new electric tunnel boring machines (TBMs) at the information session held in Los Angeles.

The session explained more about The Boring Company and their plans for tunnelling under LA.

As reported is Teslarati, Musk revealed that the company’s new TBMs would be electric, and three times as powerful as the conventional tunnel boring machines. Tesla batteries would be used to power the machines, which will aim to bore and line tunnel walls at the same time.

It was revealed that the company’s second TBM, called Line-Storm, features improvements over Godot, its first TBM.

According to Musk, ’Godot’ is a conventional tunnel boring machine. ‘Line-Storm’ is “essentially a hybrid between conventional boring machine and the ‘Proof-Rock’, which is the fully Boring Company-designed machine.”

’Proof-Rock’ will be 10 to 15 times faster than current TBMs. Line-storm will be at least two-times faster than a conventional boring machine.

The controversial proof-of-concept tunnel currently under construction will not be used for public transportation, Musk advised. He said there will be no street closures, nor any tunnelling beneath any homes or businesses. Residents won’t “see, feel, or hear” any of the construction work and any services will be untouched by the project too.

Earlier this month, opponents to the proof-of-concept 2.7km tunnel filed a lawsuit over the city of Los Angeles’ proposal to fast-track the project by exempting it from environmental review.

However Musk has confirmed that The Boring Company will do a full Environmental Impact Report, but warned it could take some time.

Just before the information session, the LA Metro announced that the Boring Company’s proof-of-concept tunnelling project will be going ahead as planned. 

A statement from LA Metro said: “Metro leadership 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 ahead with their proof-of-concept tunnel under Sepulveda Boulevard to ensure it doesn’t interfere with our Sepulveda Transit Corridor rail project. We’ll be partners moving forward.”

Watch the video of the information session

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