The system essentially levitates elevators by leveraging magnets in the car that repel opposing magnets along the track, causing the car to hover. A separate set of coils along the track pushes and pulls the car in its intended direction, resulting in a faster climb to higher levels of a building with far less friction and resistance. A rotating section of rail that can shift the direction of the moving magnetic field allows the car to also move across the building horizontally.
The successful testing of these Maglev-powered elevators will open the door to the construction of taller buildings. Traditional elevator cables currently can't support both the elevator car and their own weight beyond 2,000 feet high — which is why passengers traveling to the highest floors of skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building must switch elevators as they get closer to the top.
The mock-up also puts the company a step closer to completing its full-size test tower for the MULTI elevator. The 761-foot-high concrete test tower in Rottweil, Germany will be completed by the end of 2016.
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