Within the North American market, Yale is amongst the largest volume manufacturers of zero emissions electric lift trucks around. The company was amongst the first to implement the energy efficiency of control technology and AC motor. Yale's continued pursuit of enhanced energy efficiency is improved further by competitive testing. These testing results feature that Yale's 5000 pound electric rider unit provides the best energy efficiency, or energy used per load moved, of any lift truck in its class within North America.
Yale was able to develop and introduce an innovative electronically controlled transmission that could really reduce the tire and brake wear for our ICE forklift customers. For our electric trucks, Yale has applied a system to recapture energy into the truck during the lowering of loads and during braking. This energy could then be utilized again. This process greatly lowers the unit's overall energy consumption.
Yale has used a lot of inventive engineering methods to decrease non-productive energy use throughout the vehicle by means of hydraulic system efficiency, drive train efficiency and weight reduction. There are still patents pending on the drive train efficiency.
Over the last few decades, Yale has gone the extra mile in making their lift trucks to be compatible with all the latest in alternative power technologies. The company has implemented electric battery models and clean diesel fuels and LPG option. This practice is being upheld most recently, with Yale being amongst the very first to implement working fuel cells in actual applications.
Yale has supported many greener technologies through engineering teamwork. Additionally, we have initiated a new system of field validation testing, and analysis. Currently, we are investigating in more efficient battery technologies and chemistries, to be able to increase production, decrease overall energy use and lessen toxic material content.
Yale is strongly dedicated to these green initiatives and they are reinforced by the company's participation in developing and setting new industry standards to implement these greener technologies in a reliable and safe manner.
Recyclability is another key consideration in Yale lift truck design. Beginning at the design stage, the business actively chooses materials for its lift trucks keeping the recyclability factor in mind. Having broken down items to be able to be sent for recycling and re-using materials as much as possible greatly reduces our footprint and keeps environmental sustainability at the forefront of our business.