Dearborn, Michigan – The Ford Motor Company has announced a commitment to fit 80 to 90 per cent of its products with electric power steering (EPS) by 2012, improving the vehicles’ overall fuel economy, performance and line-up.
Currently, EPS is available on the 2008 Ford Escape and Ford Escape Hybrid, and for 2009, it will be used on the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. Other new and refreshed vehicles, including the Mustang, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, will follow over the next three years.
Unlike common hydraulic systems that continuously draw power from the engine, EPS draws power from an independent electric motor only as needed. According to some estimates, this on-demand capability can equal fuel efficiency savings of up to one mile per gallon. On the Escape, EPS and a number of other new features and technologies contribute to an eight per cent increase in fuel economy, versus the previous model.
EPS also eliminates the need for hydraulic fluid, which contributes to environmental benefits.