Elon Musk’s Boring Company raises $675 million to accelerate its tunnel-digging under cities

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Elon Musk’s The Boring Company announced that it has raised $675 cardinal successful a caller backing circular valuing the institution astatine $5.675 billion. It plans to usage the funds to physique galore caller boring machines and excavation tunnels nether much cities.

The Boring Company (TBC) wrote successful a property release:

Our Series C backing circular of $675 million, led by Vy Capital and Sequoia Capital, with information from Valor Equity Partners, Founders Fund, 8VC, Craft Ventures, and DFJ Growth. The financing present values The Boring Company astatine $5.675 billion.

It disclosed that the superior usage of the funds is going to beryllium accelerating hiring successful bid to standard existent and upcoming Loop projects:

The funds from the circular volition beryllium utilized to importantly summation hiring crossed engineering, operations, and accumulation to physique and standard Loop projects, including Vegas Loop and others, successful summation to accelerating the probe and improvement of Prufrock and aboriginal products.

TBC’s Loop is an all-electric, zero-emissions, high-speed underground nationalist proscription strategy utilizing Tesla vehicles successful tunnels.

Its archetypal exertion is astatine the Las Vegas Convention Center, but the metropolis of Las Vegas precocious approved a large enlargement of the strategy passim the full portion and to the airport.

In the merchandise astir the caller funding, TBC explained however its latest passageway boring instrumentality is going to soon alteration it to physique astir 600 miles of tunnels per twelvemonth oregon 30 times much tunnels than successful the past 20 years combined:

Prufrock is simply a adjacent procreation Tunnel Boring Machine designed to conception mega-infrastructure projects successful a substance of weeks alternatively of years, and astatine a fraction of the cost. The existent iteration of Prufrock, called Prufrock-2, is designed to excavation astatine up to 1 mile/week, meaning a passageway the magnitude of the Las Vegas portion (approximately 4 miles) tin beryllium completed successful a month. Prufrock-3 is designed to beryllium adjacent faster, with the mean word extremity of 1/10 quality walking speed, oregon 7 miles/day. In the abbreviated term, if each Prufrock-2 mines astatine 1 mile/week, and TBC produces 1 caller Prufrock instrumentality per month, past TBC volition beryllium introducing 600 miles/year of capacity. As a constituent of reference, little than 20 miles of underground subway passageway has been constructed successful the United States successful the past 20 years.

On apical of the task successful Las Vegas, TBC is already successful talks with respective municipalities successful California, Texas, and Florida for caller Loop systems.

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