Yale is a top producer of zero emissions electric lift trucks within the North American Market. The company was among the first to begin using the energy efficient AC motor and other control technology. Yale's continued pursuit of enhanced energy efficiency is further improved by competitive testing. These testing results showcase that Yale's 5000 pound electric rider unit provides the best energy efficiency, or energy utilized per load moved, of any type of lift truck within its class within North America.
Yale developed and introduced a ground-breaking electronically controlled transmission. This machine really lessens brake and tire wear for our ICE forklift customers. With regards to our electric trucks, Yale has implemented a particular system to recapture energy into the truck during the lowering of loads and during braking. This energy could then be used again. This process greatly lowers the unit's overall energy consumption.
Yale has used many innovative engineering techniques to reduce non-productive energy use throughout the vehicle by means of drive train efficiency, hydraulic system efficiency and weight reduction. There are still patents pending on the drive train efficiency.
Yale has taken great strides to make their forklifts to be compatible with the latest in alternative power technologies over the years. Yale has implemented electric battery models and clean diesel fuels and LPG option. This practice is being upheld most recently, with Yale being among the first to implement working fuel cells in actual applications.
Through engineering collaboration, Yale has supported the adoption of many greener technologies. Furthermore, we have started a new system of field validation testing, and analysis. At the current time, we are investigating in more efficient battery chemistries and technologies, so as to increase efficiency, lessen overall energy consumption and lessen toxic material content.
Yale is strongly devoted to these green initiatives and they are reinforced by the company's participation in developing and setting new industry standards to adopt these greener technologies in a reliable and safe manner.
Recyclability is another key consideration in Yale forklift design. Beginning at the design stage, the company 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 keeps environmental sustainability at the forefront of our business and greatly decreases our footprint.