Hyster-Yale's training: Transition to electrified and connected Big Trucks

On Thursday, November 4, the group of graduates again participated in a training course as part of the ACE Mobility Professional Program. This training was provided by Neha Roy (Innovation Lead), Pantelis Nikolaou (Virtual Validation Engineer) and Menno de Lint (Integration Lead).

Forklifts and Reach stackers often have to function in a heavy-duty applications and with continuous operations demand. In order, to perform several of the function’s energy demands from these trucks are very high and needs to very well estimated for component sizing.

In the transition to electrification (Battery powered, H2 – Fuel cell powered), a multitude of components and several different types of connection like H2, High Voltage, Low Voltage and so on) must be taken into account and that must fit into the design to meet customer requirements in a reliable, manufacturable and serviceable way. And this design approach needs to be applied in a modular way over different truck series.

In terms of connectivity, it was an eye opener that there is a large presence of sensors and connectivity already on the trucks making it highly connected and this connectivity needs are only growing.

During this training, the students, along with a number of new Hyster-Yale employees, were challenged to think along with these dilemmas and come up with creative solutions.

I got an insight of what’s happening now and where they are going in the future. We got a good picture on how we can grow in this industry.