Within the North American market, Yale is one of the largest volume manufacturers of zero emissions electric lift trucks around. The business was among the very first to implement the energy efficiency of AC motor and control technology. Yale's continued pursuit of improved energy efficiency is further enhanced by competitive testing. All these testing results feature that Yale's 5000 pound electric rider unit provides the best energy used per load moved, or energy efficiency, of any forklift within its class within North America.
Yale developed and introduced an innovative electronically controlled transmission. This equipment greatly lessens brake and tire wear for our ICE forklift customers. For our electric forklifts, Yale has applied a specific system to recapture energy into the truck during the lowering of loads and during braking. This energy can then be utilized again. This specific process greatly lessens the overall energy consumption of the model.
Yale has been able to apply lots of innovative engineering methods that have helped to reduce the vehicles non-productive energy. These methods have helped to improve its drive train efficiency, hydraulic system efficiency and weight reduction. There are still pending patents on the drive train efficiency.
Yale has taken great strides to engineer their lift trucks to be compatible with the latest in alternative power technologies over the years. Yale has implemented clean diesel fuels, LPG option and electric battery models. This tradition is being upheld most recently, with Yale being among the first in implementing working fuel cells in actual applications.
Through engineering collaboration, Yale has supported the application of numerous greener technologies. Moreover, we have initiated a new system of field validation testing, and analysis. Currently, we are investigating in more efficient battery chemistries and technologies, in order to decrease overall energy consumption, reduce toxic material content and increase production.
Yale is strongly devoted to these green initiatives and they are reinforced by the company's participation in setting and developing new industry standards to adopt these greener technologies in a safe and reliable way.
Another main factor in Yale lift truck design is recyclability. Beginning at the design stage, the business actively selects 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.