In the North American market, Yale is one of the biggest volume producers of zero emissions electric lift trucks around. The business was one of the very first to implement the energy efficiency of AC motor and control technology. Yale's continued pursuit of enhanced energy efficiency is enhanced further by competitive testing. All these testing results showcase that the 5000 pound electric rider model manufactured by Yale offers the best energy efficiency, or energy used per load moved, of any lift truck in its category within North America.
Yale was able to introduce and develop a ground-breaking electronically controlled transmission that could greatly lessen the brake and tire wear for our ICE forklift customers. With regards to our electric trucks, the business has applied a system to recapture energy into the truck during the lowering of loads and during braking. This energy could then be reused. This process really lowers the unit's overall energy consumption.
Yale has been able to apply a lot of inventive engineering techniques which have helped to minimize the vehicles non-productive energy. These methods have helped to improve its hydraulic system efficiency, drive train efficiency and weight reduction. There are still patents pending on the drive train efficiency.
Over the past few 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 electric battery models and clean diesel fuels and LPG option. This practice is being upheld most recently, with Yale being amongst the first to implement working fuel cells in actual applications.
Yale has supported numerous greener technologies through engineering collaboration. In addition, we have started a new system of field validation testing, and analysis. At the current time, we are investigating in more effective battery chemistries and technologies, to be able to lessen overall energy consumption, lessen toxic material content and increase efficiency.
Yale is strongly committed 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 way.
Recyclability is one more key consideration in Yale forklift design. Starting at the design stage, the company actively chooses materials for its forklifts keeping the recyclability factor in mind. Having broken down things to be able to be sent for recycling and re-using materials as much as possible keeps environmental sustainability at the forefront of our company and really reduces our footprint.