There’s MULTI Choices on This Elevator Ride: ThyssenKrupp Creates the World’s First Elevator System that Runs on Magnets

The days of going up and down on an elevator will soon be a thing of the past.

For well over a century buildings and skyscrapers have utilized the traditional cable elevator system that travels only in a predictable vertical route.

However new technology developed by ThyssenKrupp marks a new chapter in the elevator industry and urban growth as they have just unveiled cable-free cars that not only go up and down, but also diagonally and sideways too.

ThyssenKrupp just unveiled cable-free cars that not only go up and down, but also diagonally and sideways too.ThyssenKrupp just unveiled cable-free cars that not only go up and down, but also diagonally and sideways too.

Called MULTI, multiple cabs will be moved with the same technology used in new high speed trains through magnetic levitation. This means that a number of cabs can travel on the same track at the same time in different directions. This revolutionary technology through the use of magnets means one will never have to wait more than 15 or 30 seconds for a ride. 

Andreas Schierenbeck, who heads up ThyssenKrupp Elevator in Germany, says that “as the nature of building constructions evolve, it is also necessary to adapt elevator systems to better suit the requirements of buildings and high volumes of passengers.”

He says the current cable-pull-system-elevators are nothing but time wasters, especially in big cities like the ‘Big Apple’ where time is money.

“Per year, New York City office workers spend a cumulative amount of 16.6 years waiting for elevators, and 5.9 years in the elevators. This data provides how imperative it is to increase the availability of elevators,” he says.

While superior speed and innovative schematics will mean less wait time for passengers, MULTI will also help solve some of the challenges posed by global urbanization.

“MULTI opens up vast possibilities in building design,” says Patrick Bass, CEO of ThyssenKrupp North America, Inc. “We now can enable buildings as tall or as high as they can go, and we also now enable different shapes and configurations of the space within buildings.”

Image: MULTI elevators will dramatically change the way in which buildings are designed.Image: MULTI elevators will dramatically change the way in which buildings are designed.

While ThyssenKrupp is not saying how much their new rides will cost, everyone knows they will be massively expensive.

However, Bass contends it will be all worth it in the long run. MULTI will be far more cost effective as they will use less energy, and will allow developers to build taller buildings that will allow more housing space in urban centres around the world. More importantly less elevator space will be used in high-rises or skyscrapers, which will allow for much more living and working spaces

“If you did a cross-section cut of a current high-rise building, 40 to 60 percent is going to be consumed by elevator space," says Bass

ThyssenKrupp anticipates that its big clientele will be located in major cities across the USA, Canada, the United Kington, Europe, the Middle East and China.

The company’s new invention will also dramatically change the way in which buildings are designed; that is there will be more non-traditional designs of sorts that will coincide eloquently with MULTI.

Bass adds, “MULTI will change the landscape and the look of buildings.”

ThyssenKrupp has just released its first fleet of MULTI, and by late 2015 or early 2016 the company plans to have them operational in new high-rises and skyscrapers around the world.