CHICAGO (April 10, 2019) – The pace of change keeps accelerating, with increased performance standards and strengthened government regulations pushing materials handling companies to innovate. At ProMat booth #S3603, Yale features two recent products of its research and development initiatives, showcasing the company’s first counterbalanced lift truck with a factory-integrated lithium-ion battery pack and a concept vehicle featuring its next-generation power chassis.
Designing the Yale® ERPVL around a space-saving lithium-ion battery pack reduces truck weight, enabling better acceleration and reduced energy consumption compared to heavier lead acid battery alternatives. The smaller size of the lithium-ion battery opens space under the seat for improved access and convenience while entering the truck and driving. The truck delivers all the benefits associated with lithium-ion power, including zero battery maintenance requirements and opportunity charging with no negative memory effects.
The concept vehicle’s next-generation chassis is compatible with any motive power source, including hydrogen fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, internal-combustion engines and more. This flexibility offers customers the power source of their choice while standardizing designs to ease adoption and provide the best value. The chassis also provides key ergonomic advantages, designed for visibility, comfort and easy access.
“Our industry is changing faster than ever, presenting our customers with new challenges and forcing them to explore fresh approaches to make their operations more efficient,” says Martin Boyd, Vice President, Product Planning and Solutions. “These two cutting-edge trucks exemplify our commitment to providing customers with a lift truck power solutions built completely around their needs.”
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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 7,700 people world-wide.