EPAS stands for Electric Power-Assisted Steering in which the steering has shifted more to the focal point of automotive engineering and has come up with a handful of high- performance cars in which the transition from the earlier steering systems to the electronic one is prominently visible.

As discussed with the Benton Ford dealer experts, today even though some of the hybrid vehicle producing automotive companies are using electric motors to power their hydraulic ram system, majority of car manufacturers are now bending more towards a fully electric assisted steering.

How it works

·         The Electric Power-Assisted Steering from Ford has to offer much more assistance to the system that makes the steering lighter and highly responsive during drives in the cities and in parking areas.

·         Ford’s Electric Power-Assisted Steering provide lesser assistance to make the steering firmer and easy to control during high speed driving and while running on freeways.

·         The Steering adjustments are specially made seamless to make the drivers experience effortless drives and to stays on the track to avoid collisions.

How EPAS Got Introduced

As the Electric Power-Assisted Steering uses electric motors, instead of hydraulic pumps, the steering can be easily programmed and simultaneously by not making the engine dependent, so thatif the car comes stationary it still continues to have its power.

This eventually helps in improving the percentage of fuel efficiency by 5%, as the steering adjustments take place only when the car speed or the conditions of the roads and weather make it necessary.

In earlier times before there was any form of driving assistance, the steering used to be analogous as by using a rack along with a pinion system to drive a car in a desired direction.

This form of system used to have a hydraulic pump coming through a belt that was attached to the engine. While a power ram used to be moved by the hydraulic fluid pressurized from the energy caused by the movement of the belt a control valve took the responsibility of dictating and deciding how much hydraulic pressure is required to move the wheels in a direction that is dependent on the input of the steering.

Advantages at a Glimpse

The primary advantages of using EPAS can be observed in the shape of convenience,efficiency and packaging. In some cars it has shown its efficiency in increasing its fuel economy as they switched to the electronic form of steering. According to the Ford dealer serving Benton, the Radar-guided parking feature too works in collaboration with an EPAS system and has resulted with producing a massive surge towards the introduction and implication of automation, in which electronic steering has definitely got a big role to play.

The Bottom Line

Although for some cars the earlier hydraulic systems are very much in use even today they have got numerous faults to count. On the other hand, the high-quality driving dynamics of Ford has been often mentioned in many popular reviews. The primary distinctive quality appreciated by the reviewers is how they ‘felt’ behind the wheels. To sum up, the EPAS has shown how responsive the steering should be and how effortlessly it should allow the controls to keep you on the track assuming more control on the vehicle.