Forktruck with integrated lithium-ion power

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
Yale forktruck
The ERC-VGL series is completely designed around a fully integrated, space-saving lithium-ion battery pack.

Yale Materials Handling Corporation has launched the ERC050-060VGL series, a 5,000- to 6,000-pound capacity cushion tire lift truck designed to bring warehouse operations the benefits of factory integrated lithium-ion power, including improved productivity, ergonomics and zero emissions.

While operations have traditionally utilized a battery box replacement to convert counterbalanced lift truck battery power from lead-acid to lithium-ion, the ERC-VGL series is completely designed around a fully integrated, space-saving lithium-ion battery pack.

 A spacious compartment with a lowered floorplate allows for more headroom and increased freedom to position feet comfortably, while the optional Air-Ride Suspension Seat helps create a smooth ride for the operator.

Zero emissions during operation and no off-gassing required during the charging process make it a strong choice for operations subject to FDA regulation and high hygiene standards like food, beverage and pharmaceuticals.

No battery maintenance and fast charging times provide performance advantages.

 “E-commerce, food and beverage facilities and other high-intensity warehouse operations rely on efficient operators and equipment to make today’s demanding throughput targets achievable,” says Brad Long, brand manager, Yale Materials Handling Corporation.

“From saving time spent on charging and battery maintenance, to equipping operators with the space to stay comfortable and productive all shift long, the ERC-VGL takes the productivity benefits of lithium-ion to a new level.”

Yale also offers a factory integrated lithium-ion option in the same 5,000 to 6,000-pound capacity range for its pneumatic model, the ERP-VLL, as well as a 15,500 to 19,000-pound capacity option, the ERP-VNL series.