“Unlike flying cars, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and won't fall on your head. A large network of tunnels many levels deep would fix congestion in any city, no matter how large it grew.”As stated on the page, the Boring Company could simply just continue to add levels to this underground system. The key to making this a reality is to increase tunnelling speed and drop costs, it states, but in reality there are many more questions to ask. We took a look at everything the company is working on, and how it all fits in with Musk’s other, greater ambitions.
“This process is costly, time-consuming, noisy, and can be environmentally hazardous,” said the company. “The Boring Company is investigating technologies that will recycle the earth into useful bricks to be used to build structures. This is not a new concept, as buildings have been constructed from earth for thousands of years including, according to recent evidence, the Pyramids. These bricks can potentially be used as a portion of the tunnel lining itself, which is typically built from concrete. Since concrete production accounts for 4.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, earth bricks would reduce both environmental impact and tunnelling costs.”The idea of using these bricks to line the tunnels themselves is ingenious. Musk, however, has also floated the idea of using them for low cost housing. While this is a nice enough idea on paper, it does pose a number of difficulties. Still a great idea, and it doesn’t end there. As far as the transporting of the dirt itself goes, the Boring Company has created a battery-powered electric locomotive. The train is able to move a quarter-million pounds of dirt per load.
“I kind of think we’re the first to use a battery-powered locomotive of that size,” said Musk.