Photo: Roland Hermstein
The Car Towers, a famous Autostadt landmark in Wolfsburg, are situated next to the Car Distribution Centre in the east corner of the Autostadt. The fully glazed, galvanised steel frame constructions offer a view into the interior of the two cylinders. The towers create a modern architectural contrast to the four chimneys of the Volkswagen power station and make up the heart of the Autostadt new car delivery system. Each of the fully automated, high-rise stacks has space for up to 400 vehicles. The new cars are rolled over from the neighbouring Volkswagen plant using a robotic-pallet system mounted on rails. The cars are loaded into and fetched from the towers using two “car shuttles” or lifts per tower, each servicing 180° of the silo.
New cars are prominently stored there for roughly 24 hours before being delivered to customers. A signal which is activated by the customer-service agent sets one of the car shuttles in motion. The shuttle then selects the correct vehicle and conveys it to the centre of the tower from where it is gently lowered to the ground floor. Thereafter the new car rolls through a tunnel into the Car Distribution Centre. Here, in the LastFinish area, number plates are mounted before the customer takes final charge of the vehicle. Each day, an average 500 Volkswagen and SEAT cars are delivered to new owners in the Autostadt.
CAR TOWERS ASCENT
A special experience awaits Car Tower visitors. The 48-metre-high structure can also be experienced from the inside. The Car Towers Ascent offers a fascinating look into the system’s technology and inner workings. Visitors are swept to the top of the tower on the same high-rise parking system that transports the vehicles. A glass cabin ascends to the observation deck on the 20th floor, for a panoramic view over the city of Wolfsburg and the Autostadt. To ensure that guests enjoy the trip even more, the Car Tower Ascent cabin moves at the relatively slow speed of one metre per second.
AWARD-WINNING CAR TOWERS:
THE "WORLD'S FASTEST AUTOMATIC PARKING SYSTEM"
The Autostadt Car Towers have made it into the 2014 BOOK OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ with vehicle transport technology that has been recognized as the “fastest automatic parking system in the world” in the category “extraordinary elevators”. With a record speed of two metres per second, new vehicles are transported – in one minute and 44 seconds from the entrance of the towers to the highest parking space. This makes the fully automated high-rise parking system the fastest in the world.