Vehicle lift

VL® vehicle lifts (car lifts)

The most perfect lift devices to carry vehicles that have ever been invented *)

Represent a version of the hydraulic goods-passenger lifts that are adapted for transportation of passenger cars. The lifts exist in three standard versions EC-Design Examination certified:

  • VL40 of 4 000 kg load and of the cabin dimensions of 2,8 x 6,0 m and a 2,6 m wide door
  • VL35 of 3 500 kg load and of the cabin dimensions of 2,7 x 5,6 m and a 2,4 m wide door and
  • VL30 of 3 000 kg load and the car dimensions of 2,4 x 5,3 m and a 2,3 m wide door.

GMV recommends VL40 and VL35, because these lifts provide transportation of all mass-produced passenger cars – including the biggest American SUVs.

Vehicle Lifts VL® are made in the technique GMV 1:1 Technology - unique in the world direct drive 1:1, which keeps the cabin’s floor stable when entering the car. Moreover, the lift shafts are characterized by extremely small dimensions relative to the cabin size.

Porsche center, Stavanger


*) Great advantage over other technical solutions: 

Technology and functionality

  • The direct drive using a unique in the world technique GMV 1:1 Technology.
  • Telescopic pistons type EC/TCS of GMV Sweden AB production with 100 percent synchronization impacting the lift operation and longevity (impossible to be reached by other solutions).
  • High durability and reliability due to the small number of parts (including rotating ones).
  • Low operating and maintenance cost.
  • Simple and ultra light construction in comparison with other electric and hydraulic vehicle lifts.
  • Exceptionally small size of the lift shaft with respect to the cabin’s dimensions.
  • Minimum pit of 1,0 m.
  • Exceptionally stable cabin’s floor position during vehicles entering – it is not possible to be achieved in case the lift car is mounted on ropes (hydraulic 1:2 and traction 4:1 vehicle lifts).
  • Standard load range from 3,0 up to 4,0 t and optional from 5 up to 11 t.
  • Possibility of increasing capacity at constant cabin size.
  • Central door enabling quick and safe vehicle entering.


  • Material-saving construction of the VL-lift, low total weight (even by 30-60% lower in comparison with other electric and hydraulic vehicle lifts), this means also lower energy consumption needed to manufacture and transport the lift. 


  • More than 55 years of experience in hydraulic lifts construction.

  • No massive units (no drive unit and counterweight) over the lift cabin.

  • No ropes on which the lift cabin is mounted.

  • Machinery room is located in a separate place what secures safe assembly and maintenance.

  • Remote control of lift recalling.


Weight comparison of lifts leaving the factory

Hp = 10 m, 4 stops

  • A small number of parts of which the lift is built.
  • Low demand for spare parts due to high durability and reliability.
  • Light and material-saving shaft construction thanks to forces concentration on the shaft bottom.
  • No drive with permanent magnets, the production of which is exceptionally energy-consuming and their utilization is difficult and expensive.
  • Low energy consumption.




The lifts serve multi-level over-ground and underground parking garages. The use of this lift in a small garage under the building, instead of a typical ramp, saves 5 up to 9 parking lots on one level. The following pictures explain the advantage.

One level garage

Two-level garage


Advantage in the form of additional parking lots and the future rent for their rental is evident.

The cost of one VL-lift and its shaft for two-level parking garage represents approx. 30-50% of value for a traditional concrete ramp.

Fig. VL30 / VL35 / VL40 Vehicle lift


Particular attention should be paid to the SUPER-VL® (S-VL®) of loads from 5.000 to 10.000 kg. The cabin has the following dimensions: width x depth 3,0 x 6,0 m and a door 2,8 m wide. The S-VL® lift provides transportation of heavy armored limousines and special-purpose vehicles.


H option for cars with roof box

GMV offers vehicle lifts in H option (VL30 H, VL35 H, VL40 H and S-VL H) with cabin and doors raised up to 2.5 m. So, it is possible to use an elevator with a roof box installed.

Fig. Standard VL lift  Fig. H option

In that way, we meet the demands of users who prefer to install their boxes and pack them in garages than in front of the building, where often there is simply no place for it.


  1. Cabin of vehicle lift should be of sufficient size to accommodate a car and of sufficient width to let the passengers door open and leave the parked vehicle.

  2. The cabin should be equipped with 2 control panels placed on the opposite walls and available from the driver’s seat through opened window.

  3. Vehicle lift should be equipped with traffic lights located in front of shaft doors and in cabin for steering the movement of cars coming in and leaving.

  4. Vehicle lift must be equipped with emergency system which, in case of power failure (blackout), automatically directs cabin to a stop and fully opens doors to enable free leaving the cabin by a car.

  5. Cabin shall be equipped with clear information requesting switching the vehicle’s engine off before ordering lift travel.

  6. Distance between closed shaft doors and opposite wall or bulkhead in the building should not be lower than 8,5 meters.

Important parameter - force on the cabin’s sill Fs

The most unfavorable load on the VL lift’s construction occurs while a car is entering into the cabin. On the sill appears Fs force. The cabin, carframe and T-guides should be strong enough to withstand coming forces and torques (Ts).

The vehicle lifts by GMV have been characterized by the following forces on the cabin’s sill Fs:

  • VL40   Fs = 2400 kG
  • VL35   Fs = 2100 kG
  • VL30   Fs = 1800 kG