• Green Product Design

    Our goals are lower emissions and lower energy use…

    Yale forklift trucksAt Yale Materials Handling, we have been working for many years to include features that address today’s environmental issues and we   continue to strive to improve our materials handling equipment, which we believe will not only help the environment but also your operations.

    We are working to lower emissions

    • Yale is one of the largest volume producers of zero emissions electric lift trucks.  Competitive testing shows that the Yale 2500kg electric rider product offers the best energy efficiency (energy used per load moved) of any lift truck in its class.
    • Competitive testing shows that the Yale® 2500kg Veracitor® VX ICE product offers the lowest fuel consumption costs per load moved of any lift truck in its class according to VDI 2198-2002 data.
    • According to testing reviewed by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), our Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) lift trucks rate among the lowest in exhaust emissions in the industry. 
    • Our diesel engine lift trucks are becoming cleaner all the time as a result of ongoing development with diesel engine suppliers to meet EPA Tier IV standards.
    • We are producing lift trucks powered by cleaner-burning alternative fuels, and are one of the first lift truck manufacturers to introduce hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks.

    We’re working to reduce energy and material consumption

    • We have engineered our ICE fork lift trucks for extended service intervals in order to reduce oil change requirements, reducing consumption of a nonrenewable energy source for our customers.
    • Yale developed and introduced an innovative electronically controlled transmission, which significantly reduces tyre and brake wear for our ICE lift truck customers.
    • We utilize efficient AC motor and control technology, including motors that recover potential energy.
    • All Yale® counterbalanced electric lift trucks recapture energy during braking and lowering of loads, allowing the energy to be reused.
    • Currently, we are investigating advanced, more efficient battery chemistries and technologies to reduce energy consumption, increase productivity and reduce toxic material content.
    • Yale equipment also features reduced energy consumption, including weight reduction, drive train and hydraulic efficiency.
    • Right from the beginning of the design stage, Yale actively selects materials used in its materials handling equipment with recyclability in mind.

    For further information on NMHG's environmental programs, see the Corporate Responsibility page and the full 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.