Back in July, Tesla’s boring company secured a $50 million contract to build a unique electric transportation system inside a tunnel at the Last Vegas Convention Center. Elon Musk ambitiously set the deadline for completion to be the end of this year, so his company’s wasted no time in getting started.
This time last week, the first images of the fresh construction site were shared. At this stage, all we saw were cranes, a pile driver and the boring machine’s cutter head:
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Since then, The Boring Company has been granted a pit permit; allowing the company to progress to the next stage- the construction of the Loop system’s passenger station. A secant wall is currently being built, which will ultimately be located in the east end of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall.
New machine parts have also reportedly been spotted, including a new cutter head and mixing chamber:
After the completion of the secant wall, the next stage is the excavation of the site. It remains to be seen whether Musk will complete his hybrid Tunnel Boring Machine -Line-Storm- in time to use. The machine is able to dig twice as fast as existing electric TBMs that can already dig 10-15 times faster than conventional tunnelling machines. If the *not so evil* genius manages to pull it off, we could very well see the completed tunnel before the conclusion of this year.