Car elevator

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A car elevator

A car elevator or vehicle elevator is an elevator designed for the vertical transportation of vehicles.

Car elevators are used to vertically transport vehicles inside buildings. The objective of these lifts is to increase the number of vehicles that can be parked in parking lots and parking garages. Where real estate is costly, these car parking systems can reduce overall costs by using less land to park the same number of cars.[1]

Vehicle lifts, which lift a car at its center of gravity, are used in garages and repair shops and are designed to allow access to a car's undercarriage for repair.[2]


American politician and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney included a car elevator in his 2008 proposal for rebuilding his beach house in La Jolla, San Diego. The elevator is intended to transport cars between floors in a planned split-level, four-vehicle garage.[3] Romney received final approval for the project in October 2013, after an appeal against San Diego's approval of the project was dismissed.[4][5]

The Porsche Design Tower, a high-rise residential building with 132 units in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, contains three car elevators. The elevators, named "Dezervators" after building developer Gil Dezer, transport cars up to parking spaces directly connected to each apartment unit. The elevators are in circular glass structures and rotate to align with the correct car parking space, allowing residents to exit directly from their cars to their apartments. The building opened in 2017.[6][7]

The Boring Company, a company owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, built a prototype car elevator in 2017.[8] In 2018, the company received permission from the Hawthorne, California city council to construct a car elevator designed to connect an above-ground garage to the Boring Test Tunnel, an underground test tunnel. The Boring Company intends to use the test tunnel and elevator for research and development of a proposed underground Hyperloop system designed to solve traffic congestion in Los Angeles.[9][10]

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  1. ^ Graham, David A. (March 27, 2012). "A Guide for the 99%: What Is a Car Elevator and Why Does Mitt Need One?". The Atlantic.
  2. ^ Duffy, James E.; Scharff, Robert (2003). Auto Body Repair Technology. p. 250. ISBN 9780766862722.
  3. ^ Epstein, Reid J. (March 27, 2012). "Romney's 4-car fantasy home". Politico.
  4. ^ Koenig, Bryan; Johnston, Chuck (October 11, 2013). "Mitt Romney gets his car elevator". CNN.
  5. ^ Viser, Matt (January 28, 2015). "Romney built expensive homes after 2012 loss". The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ Mastine-Frost, Justin (April 25, 2017). "What it's Really Like to Ride the World's Most Advanced Car Elevator". Robb Report.
  7. ^ Caposele, John (September 28, 2017). "Penthouse for your Porsche: This luxe Miami high-rise comes with a car elevator so you can drive right into your living room". CNBC.
  8. ^ Savov, Vlad (July 26, 2017). "Elon Musk reveals Boring car elevator". The Verge.
  9. ^ Rosenfeld, David (September 12, 2018). "Elon Musk's Boring Company earns approval for futuristic garage that would connect to underground commuter tunnel". The Mercury News.
  10. ^ Brown, Bruce (September 16, 2018). "An elevator in your garage? Boring Company gets OK to test Loop Lift from tunnel". Digital Trends.

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