The LEITNER DirectDrive is the world’s only ropeway drive system that operates without any gears. Compared with conventional systems, it boasts key advantages in terms of cost-effectiveness, sustainability and reliability. The LEITNER DirectDrive works using a synchronous motor with an output shaft that is directly linked to the pulley wheel. Energy consumption is reduced by approximately five percent. In contrast to conventional planetary gear drive systems, absolutely no engine oil is required. As the LEITNER DirectDrive comprises fewer parts and has a lower rotational speed, systems are exposed to less wear and tear, have a lower risk of malfunction and are consequently much more reliable. Furthermore, the greater level of running smoothness reduces noise emissions at stations by around 15 dB compared with conventional drive systems. This is advantageous to both passengers and residents alike. The innovative solution has already been used in more than 183 ropeways worldwide.