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New Innovations in the Material Handling Industry

August 31st, 2020  | 
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The material handling industry is always evolving to meet customer needs and demands. But if you’re busy managing your business, you might miss some of these changes. Here are two exciting developments in the material handling industry to be aware of before making your next forklift or warehouse equipment purchase.  

New Battery Technology: Lithium-Ion 

The demand for battery-operated material handling equipment is not new. Companies in the warehouse, logistics, and food and beverage industries have been using battery-powered forklifts for years.   

Fast forward to today, and the buzz is all about lithium-ion battery-powered forklifts. Lithium-ion batteries charge faster, last longer, save more energy, and can significantly decrease downtime. And of course, any battery is better for the environment than a non-renewable energy source like gas. 

Toyota Material Handling led the charge to bring this new technology to the market. They were the first manufacturer to offer a UL-E and UL-EE certified integration of lithium-ion batteries and forklifts. Last year, Toyota announced a new lineup of lithium-ion batteries for use in its 3- and 4-wheel electric sit-down models. 

Is a lithium-ion forklift battery worth the extra money? Will it work with your current equipment? Will you need special chargers? Read on to find out how to get answers to those questions. 

Energy Solutions Consultants 

Advanced technologies are entering the market at a rapid pace. It’s great for the industry, but it can be hard to decide which one is best for you with so many options.   

Energy solutions consultants help companies filter through loads of information to come up with the right solution. These material handling experts provide on-site consultations, environmental support, and information about alternative energy sources, chargers and accessories, and service and repair.  

Toyota dealers have access to exclusive resources and the latest technological innovations vetted and approved by Toyota. They can help you find the right equipment to reduce maintenance costs, lower electric bills, reduce downtime, and optimize charging efficiency. Save yourself the time and energy on research and let them help you sort it out.  

When you’re ready to make your next forklift or warehouse equipment purchase, contact us at Toyota Material Handling Solutions. We’ll keep you updated on what’s new and make sure you have the right information to make the best decision for your company.  

All You Need to Know About Kalmar’s ECG90-180 Large Electric Forklifts

July 8th, 2020  | 
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By: Anthony Jurado, Large Truck Account Manager for Toyota Material Handling Solutions. Anthony has 26 years of experience in the material handling industry helping customers determine the right material handling equipment for their specific needs.

Electric-powered material handling equipment is becoming the standard in many industries. It’s a popular product for many reasons, including the need to comply with strict environmental legislation, reduce fuel costs, and simplify maintenance processes.

Kalmar has a long and proud history in the electric equipment arena, having launched its first electric forklift truck in 1979. Today, Kalmar offers electric-powered forklifts with lifting capacities from 11,000 to 40,000 lbs.

In this blog post, I’ll answer our most frequently asked questions about Kalmar’s Large Electric Forklifts. If you have a question I haven’t answered here, contact me, and I’ll get the answer to you asap.

Is Kalmar a popular brand?

Yes, Kalmar is an extremely popular brand. If fact, one in four container movements around the globe is being handled by a Kalmar solution.

Warning: Now that you know about Kalmar, don’t be surprised if you start seeing their trucks everywhere. It happens to all of us. Hint: Keep your eye out around the Port of Los Angeles.

Where are Kalmar trucks used other than ports?

Kalmar’s wide range of forklifts and cargo handling solutions are an excellent solution for terminals, distribution centers, and heavy industry applications.

What is the main benefit of Kalmar’s ECG90-180 Large Electric Forklift?

What I love the most about this truck is that it gives you the best of both worlds – all the performance of a powerful diesel truck but without the emissions, noise, and vibration. Plus, the ECG model has an optional lithium-ion battery which lasts up to 4,000 cycles and has a battery efficiency up to 95%

What are some of the other features and advantages?

Kalmar’s electric forklifts feature a time-saving diagnostic system, easy maintenance, and a fully adjustable EGO cabin with industry-leading ergonomics. The latest model also has an Eco mode, which cuts energy consumption by up to 20% compared to previous-generation models.

Can we use these trucks inside and outside?

Yes. Kalmar tests its electric forklifts in severe weather conditions (not that we have a lot in Southern California). Since it’s free from fossil fuel emissions, it’s also great for indoor applications or when handling sensitive cargo.

Does Kalmar offer other products?

Absolutely. Kalmar offers an Essential Series Forklift, ideal for demanding applications such as steel and wood handling. For the heaviest, most challenging lifting operations, Kalmar’s heavy-duty forklift is a powerful, reliable truck, ideal for applications with long shifts and heavy loads. We also offer several other models from the Kalmar line. Contact me with your specifications, and I’ll find the right match for your unique needs.

Here’s the bottom line: Kalmar trucks have a simple design, so less can go wrong. They are built off a known and trusted platform using all the experience and knowledge that they have accumulated since the 1940s. And because of their excellent reputation in the industry, they have a high resale value.

Want to find out if the Kalmar Large Electric Forklift is the right fit for you?

CLICK HERE to view specs or download a brochure, and contact me at to schedule a consult today!

Optimize your Forklift Fleet with Toyota

May 19th, 2020  | 
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Are you thinking about how you can use advanced technologies to increase productivity and lower costs? With material handling equipment and energy sources evolving every day, how do you know what product is the right choice? If you’re smart, you find a partner with expert knowledge to help you invest in the right technologies for your needs.

We can help. No matter what stage you’re in, we can find the right batteries, energy sources, and chargers to take your business to the next level. To decide if our solutions are the right fit for youhere are answers to several frequently asked questions. 

What are the benefits of partnering with us? 

  • Reduced maintenance costs 
  • Lower electric utility bills 
  • Reduced downtime 
  • Optimized charging efficiency 

What are the benefits of batteries and alternative energy sources? 

  • Increased charging efficiency 
  • Higher, more stable voltage 
  • Reduced maintenance 
  • Reduced battery storage areas and battery changing equipment 
  • Increased cycle and shelf life 

What services can I expect? 

  • On-site consultation. We can offer you expert advice no other dealer can. Toyota dealers have access to exclusive resources and the latest technological innovations vetted and approved by Toyota.  
  • Energy studies. We’ll study your energy usage to recommend the right battery and charger combination to maximize efficiency in your forklift fleet.  
  • Expert advice. We’ll help you find the right electric forklift batteries and alternative energy sources. We have more than fifty tested and approved alternative energy source models across electric rider forklifts, electric narrow aisle lifts, and warehouse equipment. We know how to match the right forklift to the most efficient and cost-effective energy source. 
  • Service and repair. Keep your vehicle warranty valid by letting us take care of the service and repair of your material handling equipment and energy sources 
  • Environmental support. We’ll help you navigate the ever-changing emission regulations landscape. We can assist you with CARB fleet averaging and help you figure out the right product mix for your specific application and regulatory needs.  

No matter where you are on your fleet optimization journey, we have the tools and knowledge to help you take the next step. Your success is our success. Contact us to schedule a free, on-site consultation today.  

Five Hidden Benefits of Electric Forklifts 

May 12th, 2020  | 
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If you’re familiar with electric forklifts, you probably know the obvious reasons to add them to your forklift fleet: low emissions, less maintenance, and lower overall costs. These are significant benefits that save companies a lot of time and money. However, it’s easy to overlook some of the less-obvious advantages. Here are five hidden benefits electric forklifts can bring to your company:

  1. Less noise pollution. Like electric cars, electric forklifts are quieter than forklifts with engines, which means less noise pollution for your forklift operators and company associates.
  2. Greater visibility. A rear-mounted LPG tank takes up a lot of space. Without one, forklift operators see much better when they’re driving in reverse.
  3. Safer environment. Greater visibility and a quieter environment mean operators can see better, and pedestrians can hear the back-up beeping and safety horns louder, both of which help reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace.
  4. Use less space. Electric forklifts are generally smaller than LPG or diesel-powered forklifts, which means they can fit in narrow aisles and need less space to store when not in use. You also need less space for fuel storage. Warehouse Operations Manager Scott Woollard from Hirsh Pipe & Supply has experienced this benefit firsthand. He says, “Switching from propane to electric forklifts saves us the hassle of handling and storing propane tanks. Now we have a small battery-charging area in the back and use an existing wall mount charger, which takes up much less valuable space.”
  5. Make money from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) designated electricity used in forklifts as a low carbon fuel effective January 1, 2016. Since then, forklifts and forklift fleets that use electricity can generate credits in the program. Refiners, or other regulated entities, buy these credits to offset deficits they create in the program. For more information on how to take advantage of this program, click here to read our blog post: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Can Bolster Your Budget.

Need help with your forklift fleet? Our experts can help you decide if an electric lift truck is a right fit for you 

Customer Spotlight: Hirsch Pipe & Supply 

April 3rd, 2020  | 
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Hirsch Pipe & Supply is a leading wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies with twenty stores in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego County. The company was founded in 1933 on the principle that superior service makes the difference.  

Along with an extensive selection of plumbing supplies in stock, Hirsch Pipe & Supply provides same-day deliveries, mobile ordering and moreThe company also employs a national and international sales team to offer contractors and wholesalers throughout the U.S. and the Pacific Rim with fast, friendly service. 

Hirsh Pipe & Supply uses Toyota forklifts to power its warehouse and recently switched from propane forklifts to electric forklifts. We asked Warehouse Operations Manager Scott Woollard about his experience with Toyota Material Handling Solutions and Toyota forklifts. 

Hirsch Pipe & Supply forklift operator, Martin, enjoys his new Toyota electric forklift.

Why did you switch from propane forklifts to Toyota’s electric forklifts? 

We switched from propane to electric forklifts for several reasons. We run a 24-hour shift Monday through Friday, so our forklifts are constantly in use. Electric forklifts are cost-effective and save us money over time, and they are better for the environment and the air we breathe in our warehouse every day. 

What benefits have you seen by switching to electric forklifts? 

Switching from propane to electric forklifts saves us the hassle of handling and storing propane tanks. Now we have a small battery-charging area in the back and use an existing wall mount charger, which takes up much less valuable space. 

How was the sales experience with Toyota Material Handling Solutions? 

Our Account Manager Nick Parotino was a great help. He held the quote for us while we worked out our budget and made sure we got the right forklift specs to help us achieve maximum productivity in our warehouse.  

Hodo you feel about the switch to Toyota electric forklifts? 

We’re happy with our switch to Toyota electric forklifts. They are efficient and reliable, and our operators like the smooth and quiet ride compared to our old I.C. forklifts. 

To learn more about Hirsch Pipe & Supply, order products, and more, visit 

To learn more about Toyota’s electric forklifts, visit or contact us today. 

How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Can Bolster Your Budget 

March 30th, 2020  | 
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It’s a very different environment today than it was just a few weeks ago. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has many businesses worried about finances, the future, or, most likely, both. Thinking outside the box is critical to stay afloat during these difficult times.  

To help you find money to bolster your budget, we want to make you aware of a program offered by Beyond Energy. The program helps companies with electric forklift fleets make money from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). It monetizes sustainable practices like using material handling equipment powered by low carbon electricity. 

Beyond Energy works with logistics firms, grocers, health care companies, beverage companies, and other warehousing operations at more than 200 facilities across California. Here is what you need to know to decide if the program is right for you. 

Who is Beyond Energy? 

Beyond Energy is a regulated party in California’s LCFS program. They aggregate LCFS credits and reinvest the value into sustainable operations, focusing on forklift fleets and truck refrigeration units. 

What is the low carbon incentive? 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) designated electricity used in forklifts as a low carbon fuel effective January 1, 2016. Since then, electricity used in forklifts can generate credits in the program.  

What is a LCFS credit?  

An LCFS credit is an environmental commodity and represents a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Each credit has value to regulated entities that generate deficits in the program. 

How does a company generate a deficit? 

Deficits are generated by high carbon fuels, mainly by refiners that produce gasoline and diesel. In other words, refiners producing a high carbon fuel, typically used in what would be considered an on-road application, are penalized and must offset that penalty by purchasing credits. 

What kind of forklifts can generate credits?  

Forklifts and forklift fleets that use electricity can generate credits. Refiners, or other regulated entities, buy these credits to offset deficits generated in the program. 

How much does the program pay? 

Beyond Energy will pay customers at least $500 per charging asset per year ($125 per quarter). The average warehousing facility can generate tens of thousands of dollars of revenue from LCFS credits annually. 

What is the advantage of using Beyond Energy?  

As an aggregator in the LCFS market, Beyond Energy acts as a shield to protect you from the regulator. They assume all regulatory and compliance risks as part of their agreement. 

How often will I get paid if I use Beyond Energy? 

The company pays customers quarterly. 

Can I sign up for the program myself? 

Yes, you can; however, it may take up to three years for individual facilities to generate enough credits to sell in the marketplace. Beyond Energy provides a way to get that value quarterly, rather than having to wait over time—and ensures you get paid on time, without any risk, and without heavy lifting on reporting. 

How do I contact Beyond Energy?  

Send an email to or You can also contact your Toyota Material Handling Solutions Account Manager or CSS Manager. 

It’s important to note that Beyond Energy will need to conduct an initial survey of your equipment, including batteries, battery chargers, and forklifts in operation. We encourage you to contact Beyond Energy now to get ready for the future. The sooner you start the process, the faster your checks can start coming in.  

We’re here to help. Stay safe and call us if you need parts, service, or anything else during this uncertain time.