• 2001

    Aker Wade is founded by John Aker, Jim Wade, and Bret Aker. Seeking out solutions for mining power equipment, the two realize that power conversion technology could transform dangerous and dirty battery changing operations into clean, efficient and productive operation centers on plant floors around the world, and across industry sectors.

  • 2002

    The creation of the new technology allowed for the world’s first “dedicated” fast chargers. Previous technologies split the charge between multiple vehicles. Aker Wade’s patented technology provided a full fast charge to each vehicle, making it possible to charge during breaks and shift changes. Dedicated fast chargers were soon adopted by the rest of the industry.

  • 2003

    Aker Wade’s dedicated fast charging technology drew the attention of General Motors, leading to the largest fast charge contract in the industry. Dedicated fast charge allowed GM to realize its full benefits of across multiple manufacturing plants in North America.

  • 2004

    EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, selects Aker Wade as a key partner after performing an industry-wide search for the most advanced power conversion technology available.

  • 2005

    EnerSys and Aker Wade introduce the Express brand. Express features Aker Wade fast charge technology and a battery designed to leverage the new technology.

  • 2006

    Toyota Material Handling AUS selects Aker Wade as its technology partner following a nationwide evaluation of existing fast charge technology by its engineering team. The partnership resulted in a supply contract with Toyota and a distribution agreement in Australia.

  • 2007

    FASTware, Aker Wade’s first fast charge management tool is introduced. Aimed at providing customers with the real-time information they needed to operate in a lean fleet management paradigm and maximize the value of the fast charge system.

  • 2008

    The second generation UniMAX and TwinMAX marked the beginning of a continuous improvement cycle in Aker Wade product development. The highly successful C-series was engineered to be smaller and less expensive. It is still in production today.

  • 2009

    Aker Wade is selected by Linde as its technology partner, resulting in a distribution agreement for Spain and Portugal.

  • 2010

    Aker Wade launches Motive Power Manager, a complete fleet energy data management system. Building on the success of FASTware, Motive Power Manager supports all motive power applications, including battery changing and opportunity charging.

  • 2010

    Aker Wade opens its first European office in Amsterdam, Netherlands to support growth of fast charging throughout the EU and to develop additional distribution partners.

  • 2011

    With more than a decade of experience, 10,000+ chargers in service and full suite of integrated products, Aker Wade Europe introduces Single Battery Operation (SBO) at CeMAT in 2011. SBO leverages intelligent data and fast charging technology to create a lean, efficient and safe battery power operation in any facility.

  • 2011

    Aker Wade delivers its 11,000th fast charge port in Indiana, making the company the fastest growing fast-charge manufacturer in the world.

  • 2012

    Aker Wade introduces the eMAX HF — the most efficient fast charger available. Packed with the latest innovations in high-frequency fast charging, the eMAX HF provides easy and inexpensive installation, and a sleek design that opens up valuable floor space without compromising on power.

  • 2013

    CoolMAX fan packs are introduced. Active cooling helps the battery keep a perfect operating temperature in high ambient conditions; an innovation that helps ensure batteries are working at their greatest potential at all times.

  • 2014

    Aker Wade reaches another milestone by delivering fast charge port number 14,000 to a manufacturer in Oporto, Portugal. To build on this momentum, we’re developing the next generation of our fast charge technology to ensure that any fleet is powered up and ready to work.

  • 2014

    Aker Wade introduces the third generation DC PowerLogger, a data tracker that connects to the battery and collects valuable information on battery usage and performance. Using wireless Bluetooth technology, the DC PowerLogger uploads data to our fleet management software that tracks voltage, current, temperature, electrolyte level, energy throughput, and operator compliance.

  • 2014

    FASTLOOK™ 2.0 is launched. This modeling software assesses each fleet operation and determines exactly which combination of batteries and chargers will work best for maximum efficiency and uptime. The custom analysis designs the perfect configuration in a quick 30 minutes.

  • 2015

    Aker Wade delivers the Express brand’s 15,000th fast charge port to Magna, the global automotive supplier, to replace an internal combustion forklift.

  • 2016

    Aker Wade and POWERGEN s.r.l. announce an agreement to develop a fast charger designed to help European battery change operations switch to fast charging.

  • 2017

    Aker Wade and POWERGEN launch a new line of fast chargers. They use Aker Wade’s proven control software and POWERGEN’s durable power electronic architecture.

History

Aker Wade grew from a basic idea: What if we could power the machines that help us live, work and play without one drop of gas? We’ve grown new technology and expanded that idea over the years, and we’re not done yet. In fact, we’re just getting started.

Click through the timeline to see how we have evolved from a single idea to improve mining operations into an international power technology resource for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing.

What’s next on the timeline?  The future awaits.