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IKEA: Think global, act local for warehouse distribution

Aug 11, 2011

Posicharge provided the fast-charging system to IKEA's fast-charging facility in their new 750,000 sq ft distribution center in Port Wentworth, Georgia, located near the port of Savannah. The new DC was featured in an article originally published in the February 2008 print edition of Modern Material Handling . The article was republished online in 2011 on Logistics Management. Below is an excerpt from the article.

"IKEA: Thinks global, acts local: IKEA’s new DC employs a global warehouse design and best practices to serve a growing regional market. By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor for MMH.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A KIVA ROBOT

Mar 12, 2011

Did you know that our charging systems can power Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) such as Kiva robots? At WIRED Magazine's Business Conference, Kiva Systems founder and CEO Mick Mountz narrates a video demonstrating how Kiva robots automate a warehouse environment. Our charger can be seen during the 'Charging' demo. For more information about our available solutions for AGVs, contact us via email .

CASE STUDY: PosiCharge™ and the Electrification of Burbank, California’s Bob Hope Airport

Jul 05, 2009

Call it a green conspiracy. In 2004, Southwest Airlines approached the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority with a proposition: The airline would replace its gasoline- and diesel powered ground service fleet with electric models if the airport would install the necessary recharging equipment.

Both parties would benefit with the resulting cut in emissions—a mandate that is being gradually implemented by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Southwest Airlines would cut its daily per-vehicle fueling costs by nearly 85 to 90 percent. And Burbank Airport would provide its tenants with recharging capability, enabling them to more readily move to electric vehicles. The airport and airline agreed, and after a careful evaluation of available suppliers, they selected AeroVironment, Inc. to install 42 of its PosiCharge™ fast charge systems at the airport’s 14 gates.

WhiteWave Foods Enlists PosiCharge® for Environmentally Friendly Distribution Center

Feb 07, 2009

Toyota's Electric Lift Trucks and AeroVironment's PosiCharge Intelligent Fast Charging Technology Optimize Productivity, Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., Feb. 17, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) announced that WhiteWave Foods Company today unveiled its updated, environmentally friendly distribution center that now features increased productivity and reduced energy solutions from AV's alliance with Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. (TMHU). AV and TMHU formed the alliance last year to offer a wide range of PosiCharge product solutions to reduce energy consumption and operating costs for their material handling customers.

Nestle North America Implements AeroVironment's PosiCharge® Fast Charge Systems in Distribution and Manufacturing Facilities

Jan 12, 2009

CHICAGO, At ProMat, Jan. 12, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced that it has installed more than 200 of its PosiCharge fast charge systems at Nestle facilities throughout North America. These fast charge systems support electric material handling fleets in more than 14 Nestle facilities.

"We are especially excited about the current installation in our state-of-the-art Anderson, Indiana beverage plant, which features a sterile manufacturing environment, onsite computerized warehousing, and now the latest in fast charge technology," said George Sheats, Manager, Operations and Logistics Procurement of Nestle Business Services, for Nestle North America. "We are eager to install additional PosiCharge systems in Anderson, as well as in our Canadian distribution hub in Brampton, Ontario. PosiCharge systems are a clean technology solution that will play a growing role in improving productivity, efficiency, and safety across our organization."

Balqon Corporation Installs AeroVironment's PosiCharge® Fast Charge System at Port of Los Angeles to Power Electric Trucks

Dec 18, 2008

MONROVIA, Calif., Dec. 18, 2008 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that Balqon Corporation (OTC:BLQN), a developer of heavy duty electric trucks, tractors and electric drive systems, has purchased a new high voltage version of AV's PosiCharge fast charge systems as part of a program to replace internal combustion yard tractors with electric propulsion vehicles at the Port of Los Angeles.

Toyota Material Handling and AeroVironment Announce Alliance to Market PosiCharge® Battery Fast Charge Systems

Sep 16, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. - (September 16, 2008) - Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), the number one lift truck supplier in the United States, and AeroVironment, Inc. (AV), the number one battery fast charge system manufacturer, have established an alliance to market AV's PosiCharge fast charge systems. PosiCharge systems are now available through 68 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers with 190 locations throughout the United States.

"Beyond pushing the bounds of product innovation, one of Toyota's goals is to support environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial initiatives contributing to a cleaner environment," said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of TMHU. "This alliance with AeroVironment furthers Toyota's 'green thinking' philosophy by promoting high-quality PosiCharge products, which benefit the environment and our customers in numerous ways."

PosiCharge® Named Sole Supplier for Multi-Facility Fast Charge Deployment at Del Monte Foods

Mar 31, 2005

MONROVIA, Calif., March 31 2005: PosiCharge®, the industrial fast charger division of AeroVironment, today announced that Del Monte Foods has chosen the company as the sole supplier for its multi-facility fast charge deployment to convert internal combustion forklifts to electric at selected facilities. The multi-year conversion program will eliminate battery changing rooms at applicable facilities as well as improve productivity and reduce operating costs.

"We have been very impressed with PosiCharge's robust technology and the company's ability to implement turn-key solutions in a variety of applications," said Glen Lewis, Western Region Procurement Manager, Del Monte Foods. Our company has implemented aggressive energy-saving and employee safety programs at our plants and distribution centers. At applicable locations, PosiCharge's technology will enable a smooth transition from internal combustion to electric forklifts while improving overall facility productivity and costs.

CASE STUDY: PosiCharge® Technology Saves Time and Money at Ford (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)

Mar 29, 2005

DEARBORN, March 29, 2005 (FCN) -- Better air quality in the plants and less noise are just two of the benefits employees will realize as North American plants switch from combustion engine forklifts and tow motors to all electrically powered vehicles. Other advantages of the change include space savings in the plants and an estimated $5 million savings to the company's bottom line each year said Roger Tenney, manager, Industrial Vehicle Strategy and Engineering.

"We've been working on trying to reduce the number of combustion engine vehicles in our plants for a number of years," said Tenney. "But we had to put a hold on the process until technology caught up with our needs."

Ford Motor Company Selects PosiCharge® as Supplier for Company-Wide Fast Charge Rollout

Jan 10, 2005

CHICAGO , At ProMat 2005, Jan. 10, 2005 - PosiCharge®, the industrial fast charger division of AeroVironment, today announced that Ford Motor Company has selected the company for its system-wide deployment of fast charge technology throughout its manufacturing operations. In the first phase, PosiCharge will facilitate the seamless replacement of all of Ford's internal combustion material handling vehicles with electric vehicles. As the rollout continues, PosiCharge will help Ford Motor Company to discontinue reliance on battery rooms.

"Ford's selection of PosiCharge to support this major corporate initiative represents a significant milestone for our company and for fast charging in general," said Pat Dellario, vice president and general manager, PosiCharge. "It validates the success we have had in implementing fast charging at Ford over the last four years. In addition to reducing operational costs, this program will dramatically reduce the potential for injuries due to battery handling, cross-plant traffic, and hazardous material spillage."

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