In the North American market, Yale is amongst the largest volume producers of zero emissions electric lift trucks around. The business was amongst the very first to apply the energy efficiency of control technology and AC motor. Yale's continued pursuit of improved energy efficiency is enhanced further by competitive testing. These testing results showcase that Yale's 5000 pound electric rider unit provides the best energy efficiency, or energy used per load transported, of any forklift in its category in North America.
Yale developed and introduced an innovative electronically controlled transmission. This equipment greatly reduces brake and tire wear for our ICE forklift clients. For our electric lift trucks, the company has implemented a system to recapture energy into the lift truck during the lowering of loads and during braking. This energy could then be reused. This particular process really lowers the overall energy consumption of the model.
Yale has utilized a lot of innovative engineering methods to reduce 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 past several decades, Yale has gone the extra mile in engineering their forklifts to be compatible with all the latest in alternative power technologies. The company has applied LPG option, electric battery models, clean diesel fuels. This tradition 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 collaboration. In addition, we have started a new system of field validation testing, and analysis. Right now, we are investigating in more effective battery technologies and chemistries, so as to increase efficiency, decrease overall energy use and decrease toxic material content.
Yale has shown a great commitment to green initiatives that have been reinforced by the companies focus on developing new standards in the business.
Another main factor in Yale lift truck design is recyclability. Beginning at the design stage, the company actively chooses materials for its forklifts keeping the recyclability factor in mind. Re-using materials as much as possible and having broken down things to be able to be sent for recycling keeps environmental sustainability at the forefront of our company and greatly reduces our footprint.