Elon Musk’s Boring Tunnels at 2X the Boring Size

by K10 on twitter (@Kristennetten) June 18, 2021

Elon Musk’s Boring Tunnels at 2X the Boring Size

Those Boring Tunnels, the ones being built right under Vegas, are traditionally built to fit a Tesla in the the Boring Companies typical 12 foot diameter tunnel, but what if they were made twice as big? 

Current 12 foot tunnel diameter.

The Boring Company set out in 2016 to solve traffic congestion on surface streets.  Since then many short tunnelprojects within a few cities have been major projects currently for TBC.  

12 foot diameter Boring head drill used for Las Vegas Convention Center project.

Talk of making 21 foot diameter tunnels, enough to fit two shipping containers side-by-side is supposedly happening with TBC and a few potential clients.  Many enthusiasts of the tunnels have speculated that the tunnels could be used for more than just chauffeuring of humans but also transferring goods. 


Currently the cost savings compared to other past engineered tunneling group’s projects comes down to the diameter of the tunnel, disposing of the bored earth, and the design to accommodate vehicles that give off toxic fumes.  Increasing the tunnels diameter will raise the price of the project but the comparison to other tunneling groups is extremely significantly lower than anything else out there. 

Reinforced concrete 12 foot diameter tunnel wall.

The Boring Co. discussed creating a type of freight running tunnel system with California’s San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman in a design that would make a straight and cost effective transportation line under busy roads in Ontario, Chino and surrounding areas. Similar ideas of subterranean freight transferring tunnels are actually used or there is talk of use by companies such as Boeing and Amazon, to ship freight at a faster and more efficient speed. 

The proposal so far has a few options given as to what the tunnels and freight cars would look like. 

A Tesla battery powered freight carrier is shown as the transportation vehicle. 
So far, the ideas are in a proposal phase. 

Definitive plans for The Boring Co. projects can be found on the company website The Boring Company. 

 





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