The World’s Fastest Elevators

Advances in construction continue to take skyscrapers to amazing new heights, but there’s a technology that has played a key role in making this possible i.e. the elevator system. Before elevators were introduced to the world, the height of buildings was restricted to 8-9 floors. It is due to elevators that constructing structures with over 100 floors has become possible.
    Here, we have listed down the fastest elevators that are installed in some of the world’s tallest structures:
      • Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai
          This elevator, located in the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, is capable of moving at a speed of 32km/hour, or 20 miles/hour. The height of the tower is 421m and this lift takes 46 seconds approx. to travel from its ground to the top. This lift is manufactured by Mitsubishi and there are total 130 such lifts operating in the tower, including 2 express elevators in the basement.
          • Sunshine 60 Building in Tokyo
              This lift, located in the Sunshine 60 Building in Japan, is also manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. The building is 240m tall and this lift takes 24 seconds approx. to travel from its bottom to the roof. The speed of this elevator is 35km per hour (or 22 miles per hour). From the roof of this building, sightseers can see as far as 62 miles (approx.) if the weather is clear.
              • John Hancock Centre in Chicago
                  With a maximum speed of 33km per hour (or 20.5 miles per hour), this Otis lift installed in the John Hancock Centre is capable of travelling from bottom to the top in 38 seconds. The Centre is 457m tall, and if tourists prefer not to take the elevator, they have to climb the stairs (1,632 steps) from the lobby all the way to the Observatory.
                  • Yokohama Landmark Tower in Yokohama
                      This Tower located in Japan is 296m tall and possesses 79 elevators, including a high-speed lift that is capable of travelling at a maximum speed of 45 km per hour (or 28 miles per hour). This lift, manufactured by Mitsubishi, takes 24 seconds approx. to travel from ground to the top of the building.
                      • Taipei 101 in Taiwan
                          This building is 508m high and each of its two high-speed elevators costs approximately £1.5 billion. These lifts, manufactured by Toshiba, are capable of moving at a maximum speed of 61km per hour (or 37.7 miles/hour) and can travel from ground to the roof of the building in 30 seconds.
                          • Burj Khalifa in Dubai
                              The tallest building of the world, Burj Khalifa, possesses one of the world’s fastest moving elevators. This elevator is capable of moving at a maximum speed of 36 km per hour (or 22.5 miles per hour). The engineers who worked on its design initally thought about installing triple-decker lifts, which would’ve been the first in the world. However, they later changed their plan and installed double-decker lifts instead that have a capacity of carrying 12-14 people per cabin.
                            • Shanghai Tower in Shanghai
                                The Shanghai Tower is the world’s 2nd tallest building and its elevator, NexWay, is one of the fastest elevators in the world. It travels at a maximum speed of 73.8 km per hour (or 45.9 miles/hour). This lift is manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and is capable of traveling 121 floors of the 632m high tower in 53 seconds.
                                • Lotte World Tower in Seoul
                                    The world’s fastest elevator is installed in the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea. This tower itself is 555m (1,820 ft.) in height whereas its double-decker lift, known as Sky Shuttle, is 496m (1,627 ft.) tall. This lift, manufactured by the Otis Elevator Company, is capable of travelling from the building’s basement to its 121st floor in just a minute.