Going Green

Going Green

Our goals are lower emissions and lower energy use

At Yale, we’ve been working for many years to include feature after feature that address environmental issues. But don’t think we’re finished. We continue to strive to improve our products further, which we believe will not only help the environment but also your operations.

We’re working to lower emissions
  • Yale is one of the largest volume producers of zero emissions electric lift trucks in the North American market
  • Competitive testing shows that the Yale® 5000 lb. Veracitor® product offers the best energy efficiency (energy used per load moved) of any lift truck in its class in North America
  • 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 diesels are becoming cleaner all the time as a result of ongoing development with diesel engine suppliers to meet EPA Tier IV standards
  • We’re producing lift trucks powered by cleaner-burning alternative fuels, including being one of the first lift truck manufacturers to introduce hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks
We’re working to reduce energy and material consumption
  • We engineered our ICE products 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 reduces tire 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® electric lift trucks recapture energy during braking and lowering of loads, allowing the energy to be reused
  • Yale® trucks have innovative transmission designs that reduce tire and brake wear in internal combustion engine (ICE) trucks
  • Currently, we are investigating advanced, more efficient battery chemistries and technologies to reduce energy consumption, increase productivity and reduce toxic material content
  • Yale® trucks also feature engineering to reduce energy consumption, including weight reduction, drive train efficiency and hydraulic efficiency
  • Right from the design stage, Yale actively selects materials used in its lift trucks with recyclability in mind

Press Releases

Yale Earns Spot on Green Supply Chain Partner List for Seventh Consecutive Year


GREENVILLE, N.C. (August 22, 2017) – Supply chain sustainability efforts play an integral role in increasing productivity while reducing costs and environmental impact in an ever-changing, demanding delivery climate. In recognition of continued leadership in such sustainability initiatives, Yale Materials Handling Corporation earned a spot on the Inbound Logistics annual list of top 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) for the seventh consecutive year thanks to its lithium-ion and hydrogen fuel cell power systems and telemetry solution.

The alternative power solutions offered by Yale include the first commercially available UL-recognized lithium-ion battery pack in the lift truck industry, a power solution that lasts twice as long as traditional lead acid batteries, helping reduce landfill waste and keep lift trucks moving more efficiently. Yale also offers lift trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which produce zero harmful emissions.

“Supply chain sustainability is a critical principle of our innovation process at Yale, and this recognition validates our internal commitment and the efforts of the industries we serve,” says David McNeill, Manager of Product Strategy for Yale. “This alignment of sustainability and business interests produces solutions that reduce environmental impact while also having a substantive, positive effect on the bottom line.”

Yale Vision wireless asset management enables supply chain operations to track equipment and employees, uncovering opportunities to eliminate waste, operate more efficiently and become more sustainable. For example, telemetry data can be leveraged to identify more efficient travel routes for reduced energy consumption.

The Inbound Logistics G75 list includes supply chain, logistics and transportation companies that exceed industry standards in criteria such as measurable green results, sustainability innovation and continuous improvement. For more information on the 2017 edition of the list, click here.

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