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Yale nabs 2022 GOOD DESIGN Award for fully integrated lithium-ion lift truck

Feb. 14, 2023

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2023) – Yale Materials Handling Corporation announces its three-wheel integrated lithium-ion forklift, the ERP040VTL, is the recipient of a 2022 GOOD DESIGN Award. Yale engineered this lift truck around a fully integrated lithium-ion battery pack, to optimize both form and function. Designing the truck with an integrated lithium-ion battery in mind not only allows the ERP040VTL to realize the advantages of this advanced electric power source - like zero emissions, no battery maintenance, full power until depletion and fast charging - it also delivers key productivity benefits:

  • Ergonomics: An open-space design increases operator freedom to position feet and makes for easy entry and exit, maximizing comfort and convenience to help propel productivity.
  • Stability: A repositioned center of gravity enhances drive quality and improves truck handling in corners for greater operator confidence and performance.

Overall, the truck’s ergonomic design and power features can help increase productivity by up to 5%, based on VDI 2198, a standard for comparing technical details of industrial trucks.

“In addition to the design benefits, manufacturing lift trucks around a fully integrated lithium-ion battery helps alleviate headaches for warehousers who might otherwise retrofit their trucks to accommodate lithium-ion, and would need to jump through hoops of identifying, purchasing and installing the necessary aftermarket components,” says Brad Long, Brand Manager, Yale Materials Handling Corporation. “That emphasis on providing a more comprehensive solution by integrating tech in our trucks extends throughout Yale offerings, including our other warehouse innovations like telematics and operator assist systems.”

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About the GOOD DESIGN Award

For more than seven decades since its inception, The Chicago Athenaeum continues the organization of the program to create a revived awareness about contemporary design and to honor products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace.

GOOD DESIGN® remains the oldest and the world’s most recognized program for design excellence worldwide.

About Yale Materials Handling Corporation

Yale Materials Handling Corporation markets a full line of materials handling lift truck products and services, including electric, gas, LP-gas and diesel-powered lift trucks; narrow aisle, very narrow aisle and motorized hand trucks. Yale has a comprehensive service offering including Yale® Vision wireless asset management, fleet management, Yale service, parts, financing and training. Yale® trucks are manufactured in an ISO 9001:2008 registered facility and range in capacity from 2,000 to 36,000 lbs.

Yale Materials Handling Corporation is a division of Hyster-Yale Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 7,900 people world-wide.

YALE and PEOPLE. PRODUCTS. PRODUCTIVITY. are trademarks of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc.  is a registered copyright of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc.  

Company Contact:
Melissa Cashwell
Yale Materials Handling Corporation

Media Contact:
Dan Gauss