Passenger elevators are designed and rated for carring people between floors of buildings. These elevators are especially common in apartments, tenant owners' associations, offices and public environments. Their capacity is determined by the need of the specific building and it can vary between5 and25 people.
Passenger elevator capacity is related to available floor space. Generally, passenger elevators have capacities ranging from 500 to 2,700 kg (1,000–6,000 lb) in 230 kg (500 lb) increments. Passenger elevators in buildings of eight stories or less are hydraulic or electric and can reach speeds of up to 1 m/s (200 ft/min) hydraulic and up to 3 m/s (500 ft/min) electric. In buildings up to 10 floors, electric and gearless elevators can reach speeds of up to 3 m/s (500 ft/min), while speeds above 10 floors range from 3 to 10 m/s (500–2,000 ft/min) ).