Meijer Fleet Delivers “Future of Transportation” to SpaceX Competition

The Meijer fleet helps the University of Michigan student team transport 400-pound Hyperloop pod to international competition.

When a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan qualified to compete at an exclusive international competition at Elon Musk’s SpaceX campus in Hawthorne, Calif., Meijer offered its fleet to help transport their futuristic transportation pod across the country.

The Meijer Fleet Team recently completed the 2,300-mile trek in a specially-wrapped refrigerated Meijer truck, delivering U of M’s 400-pound “Hyperloop Pod” to compete against 18 university teams.

“As a Michigan-based retailer dedicated to innovation and community, we’re thrilled to help some of our home state’s brightest students,” said Dave Hoover, Meijer Director of Outbound Logistics. “They’ve worked incredibly hard and have committed themselves to a project that could impact the future of transit and cargo transport.”

The competition challenges engineering students to design and build the best transport pod, which could one day be used in super high speed transit systems.

For a behind-the-scenes video of the Hyperloop project, please click here.