Top 8 World’s Fastest Elevators

As buildings become higher and higher year after year, it makes sense that the elevators tasked with transporting people to those dizzying heights would be faster and faster, since time is money after all. When the very first elevator was installed in 1857, it was able to ascend with a speed of just 40 feet per minute, and even though that might have been quite extraordinary during those days, that speed would simply just not do presently. A speedy elevator during our days is the Otis elevator that was installed within the famous Burj Khalifa building, which soars with a mind-boggling speed of 22mph. However, there are elevators that climb even faster than that. Curious to find out where they are? Just keep on reading!

World's Fastest Elevators

8. Jin Mao Tower – Shanghai, China

Jin Mao Tower – Shanghai, China

Supplied by Mitsubishi, the elevator that was installed in the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai is capable of traveling from the ground floor to the rooftop of the building in just 46 seconds. Considering the fact that the building flaunts a height of 1,381 feet, that’s quite impressive! With a maximum speed of 20 mph, the elevator within the Jin Mao Tower is the slowest on our list though.

7. John Hancock Center – Chicago, USA

John Hancock Center – Chicago, USA

Chicago’s John Hancock Center boasts a height of 1,129 feet, which means that its elevator has to be pretty quick. Indeed, the elevator features a speed of 20.5 mph and is able to take its passengers to the roof of the building in just 38 seconds. Supplied by Otis, this elevator is the 7th fastest on our top.

6. (tie) China World Trade Center Tower III – Beijing, China

China World Trade Center Tower III – Beijing, China

Now we’re starting to see some speed increase! The elevator within the China World Trade Center Tower III in Beijing can ascent at a staggering speed of 22mph. Supplied by Schindler, the elevator can reach the building’s maximum altitude of 1,083 feet in just 33 seconds, and what’s even more impressive is that once it gets going, it will reach its top velocity in just 11 seconds.

5. (tie) Shanghai World Financial Center — Shanghai, China

Shanghai World Financial Center

Equally fast is the elevator of the Shanghai World Financial Center, which also boasts a maximum velocity of 22 mph. However, since the building that it serves is no less than 1,614 feet tall, the elevator requires 49 seconds to take its passengers to the top. The elevator was supplied by ThyssenKrupp – a very reputable German corporation.

4. (tie) Sunshine 60 Building – Tokyo, Japan

Sunshine 60 Building

If you want to reach the top of the Sunshine 60 building in Tokyo, then you better hold on to your hat because you’ll need just 24 seconds of your time. The elevator of the Sunshine 60 Building flaunts a maximum velocity of 22mph, which is quite enough since the building itself boasts a height of “just” 787 feet.

3. (tie) Burj Khalifa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and tallest buildings in Dubai, which is why it comes as no surprise that it features highly efficient elevators. With a velocity of 22mph, the elevators needs just 1 minute and 22 seconds to traverse the 2,717 feet to the top of the majestic skyscraper. The elevators are supplied by Otis and are able to carry between 12 and 14 people at once.

2. Yokohama Landmark Tower – Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama Landmark Tower

The Yokohama Landmark Tower in Japan can be traversed from bottom to top and vice versa in just 24 seconds thanks to a highly efficient set of elevators provided by Mitsubishi. The elevators flaunt a speed of 28mph, which is more than enough to ascend to 971 feet in a couple of blinks. Out of the total number of 79 elevators that operate within the Yokohama Landmark Tower, one of them is actually the fastest in Japan.

1. Taipei 101 – Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei 101

Finally, the fastest elevator in the world can be found within the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan. This high-end elevator by Toshiba is able to reach a maximum velocity of 38mph, which means that it needs no more than 30 seconds to reach the top of the tower at an altitude of 1,670 feet. As you would expect, the fastest elevator in the world does not come cheap, and so its price tag actually goes beyond $2 million.

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