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The world's fastest lifts
Some of the world’s fastest lifts are capable of achieving speeds higher than 64 km, or 40 miles, per hour. These lifts are installed in some of the globe’s tallest buildings, with seven of the top eight fastest lifts in the world being in Asia.
Jin Mao Tower – Shanghai
The lift in this tower is capable of reaching speeds of 32km per hour, or 20 miles per hour. The tower is 421 m tall and takes 46 seconds to travel from the ground to the roof. Mitsubishi was the manufacturer of the lift. In total, there are 130 operating lifts in the tower, including two express ones in the basement.
John Hancock Center – Chicago
With a top speed of 33 kph, the equivalent to 20.5 mph, the Otis lift at the John Hancock Center is capable of travelling from ground to roof in 38 seconds. The Center is 457 m tall and, if visitors prefer not to take the lift, they can climb the stairway from the lobby to the Observatory by climbing the 1,632 steps.
Another lift manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. The lift at the Sunshine 60 Building, in Japan, is 240 m tall and achieves a maximum speed of 35kph (or 22 mph). It takes 24 seconds for the lift to travel from the ground to the roof. From the top of the building, visitors can see as far as 62 miles if the weather is clear.
Yokohama Landmark Tower - Yokohama
This Japanese tower measures 296 m and possesses a total of 79 lifts, including a high-speed on that is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 45 kph (28 mph). It takes this lift 24 seconds to travel to the top of the building. Mitsubishi is its supplying company.
Taipei 101 - Taiwan
The building is 508 m tall and each of its two Toshiba high-speed lifts costs approximately £1.5bn. Capable of reaching speeds of 61 km per hour, or 37.7 miles per hour, these lifts travel the many storeys from the bottom to the top in 30 seconds.
Shanghai Tower – Shanghai
The Shanghai Tower Unit OB-3 is the world’s second tallest building and its lift, NexWay, travels at speeds of 73.8km per hour, or 45.9 miles per hour. Installed on July 7, 2016, this lift was produced by the Japanese Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and travels 121 storeys in the 632 m tower in 53 seconds. This is the equivalent of 20.5 m per second.
Lotte World Tower - Seoul
The record for the world’s fastest lift is held by the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea. The tower itself measures 555 m (1,820 ft) in height. The double-decker lift, called Sky Shuttle, is 496 m (1,627 ft) tall and was created by the Lotte World Tower and Otis Elevator Company.
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