Motive Power Insights

Electric & Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies

When assessing your Motive Power options, there’s a lot to consider. Call on Black Equipment’s experts to survey, analyze and help you determine the best solution for your specific operation. Our dedicated local service team stands ready to provide responsive maintenance and preventative service across all power sources and material handling equipment once you’ve implemented the optimal solutions.

Yale Power Key™  – Easily switch between power sources

Yale Class 1,2, & 3 Forklifts are power agnostic, meaning they allow you to use the power source that best fits your application. If you’re considering lift trucks in these classes and anticipate the need to switch between power sources, consider Yale Power Key™ software which allows you to easily switch between: Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Lead-Acid, Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL), and Lithium-ion without the need for external accessories.

Mixed fleets in transition

If your fleet is moving from lead-acid batteries to options offering less maintenance, longer run times, and faster charging – then Power Key™ makes that process easier by letting you quickly switch between power sources.

Equipment used at multiple locations

Power Key™ makes it quick and simple if you need to use your lift trucks in multiple facilities – some with, say, lead-acid, others with TPPL, and another with Lithium-ion. 

Power Key™ gives you access to an:

  • Integrated battery-state-of-charge display
  • Low battery early warning system (EWS) – with multiple warnings when charging is required
  • Battery protection system that triggers a controlled shutdown on full discharge
  • Additional battery data that’s available with Yale Vision telemetry (optional)

Lead-Acid Batteries

Lead-acid batteries are certainly a trusted workhorse in industries that require lift trucks & material handling equipment. For certain situations, they’re still a solid & intelligent compromise between cost and utility. However, they come with challenges that new technologies are solving.

The inefficiencies and slow charge time of lead-acid batteries require:

  • Lots of space for charging 
  • An area for changing out batteries (usually around 20 minutes per change out)
  • Lots of extra batteries because they typically require about 8 hrs. to recharge & 8 hrs. to cool before they can be used again.
  • Regular maintenance which introduces the risk of contact with Sulfuric Acid.

TPPL – Thin Plate Pure Lead Batteries

Lithium-ion Batteries

Hydrogen Fuel Cells