he 12-volt EPS system featured on the 2013 Ram 1500 is truly a significant technology milestone for Nexteer,” said Mike Richardson, senior vice president of global steering business unit and chief technology officer at Nexteer. “This industry-leading technology has led the way for Nexteer’s EPS systems to be standard on more than 90 percent of North American full-size pickups by 2013.”
Nexteer was first to market in 2010 with a 12-volt, high-volume EPS technology for the full-size pickup truck segment. The company’s EPS system offers the largest rack-load available in a 12-volt system.
EPS is a crucial technology for automakers as they strive to meet the 2016 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. Additionally, EPS systems can integrate with other on-board electronics to improve overall safety and driving performance. Since EPS tuning is software based, the vehicle’s steering characteristics can be programmed and customized to each model based on automakers specific requirements.
“Our EPS system is rapidly becoming the steering system of-choice for global automakers for its advanced capabilities and cost-effective solutions for a full range of vehicle segments, sizes and classes,” added Richardson. “From compact cars to full-size trucks, Nexteer’s EPS systems will be steering the global automotive market.”