enhanced fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks and light commercial vehicles. Now with the ability to steer these vehicle types electrically, drivers of HD trucks and LCVs can benefit from savings at the gas pump and from advanced features such as lane keep assist, crosswind compensation, trailer assist and more.
High-Output EPS increases the steering capacity of Nexteer’s industry-leading Rack-Assist EPS system. A High-Output EPS system can steer up to 24 kilonewtons of load compared with 10-15 kN for a typical REPS system.
With much of the HD truck and LCV market currently using hydraulic power steering systems, High-Output EPS offers automotive OEMs an opportunity to differentiate their HD trucks and LCVs in a competitive marketplace for consumer attention and loyalty.
High-Output EPS can also be utilized on heavy electric vehicles. Steering up to 24 kN of load on a 12-volt electrical system would have been thought to be unachievable just a few years ago, but now that capability exists with High-Output EPS.
To date, Nexteer has booked three electric applications for High-Output EPS, including a full-size electric pick-up truck, an electric LCV (delivery van) and an electric autonomous Level 4 people mover (with no steering wheel).