On February 10th, in San Leandro, California, Coca-Cola unveiled its fuel-cell based fleet of forklifts and pallet jacks.
Leaders from Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP participated in a ceremony February 10, 2012, to inaugurate Coca-Cola’s brand new 37 forklifts and 19 pallet jacks. The american company chose the fuel-cell technology resulting from the partnership between Air Liquide and Plug Power to keep its carbon emissions at the 2004 baseline while growing its business.
Powered with Air Liquide’s hydrogen, the new fleet reaches a high level of performance since the fill process takes only less than half the time it took previously to swap out a depleted lead-acid battery. In addition, it will now operate at full capacity between fills, increasing productivity by up to 15 percent and lowering operational costs by up to 30 percent.
This success is a confirmation of Air Liquide’s will to find new ways to use its gases and technologies to make leading companies operations safer, more efficient and more sustainable, but still, making economic good sense.