In the North American market, Yale is amongst the largest volume producers of zero emissions electric forklifts around. The company was amongst the first to adopt the energy efficiency of control technology and AC motor. Yale's continued pursuit of better energy efficiency is further improved by competitive testing. All these testing results feature that the 5000 pound electric rider unit manufactured by Yale offers the best energy efficiency, or energy used per load moved, of any type of forklift within its category in North America.
Yale was able to develop and introduce a ground-breaking electronically controlled transmission that could greatly reduce the tire and brake wear for our ICE forklift customers. With regards to our electric lift trucks, Yale has applied a particular system to recapture energy into the lift truck during braking and during the lowering of loads. This energy can then be utilized again. This particular process greatly lowers the overall energy consumption of the model.
Yale has been able to implement a lot of innovative engineering techniques which have helped to reduce the vehicles non-productive energy. These methods have helped to enhance its hydraulic system efficiency, drive train efficiency and weight reduction. There are still patents pending on the drive train efficiency.
Yale has taken great strides to make their lift trucks to be compatible with the newest in alternative power technologies over the years. The company has implemented LPG option, electric battery models, clean diesel fuels. This practice is being upheld most recently, with Yale being among the very first to implement working fuel cells in actual applications.
Yale has supported many greener technologies through engineering collaboration. Additionally, we have initiated a new system of field validation testing, and analysis. At the current time, we are investigating in more effective battery technologies and chemistries, to be able to decrease toxic material content, increase production and lessen overall energy use.
Yale is strongly dedicated to these green initiatives and they are reinforced by the company's participation in setting and developing new industry standards to implement these greener technologies in a reliable and safe manner.
Recyclability is one more key consideration in Yale forklift design. Beginning at the design stage, the company actively chooses materials for its lift trucks keeping the recyclability factor in mind. Re-using materials as much as possible and having broken down things to be able to be sent for recycling keeps environmental sustainability at the forefront of our business and really reduces our footprint.