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EPS3 – electromechanical steering

  • More than 10 % energy saving
  • Joint development by ZF and ZAPI

The market leader for driveline solutions for electrically powered counterbalance lift trucks is again expanding its product range.

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EPS3 – electromechanical steering


This electromechanical steering started replacing the current hydrostatic steering systems in frontwheel-driven

3-wheel counterbalance lift trucks. The electric lift truck is therefore consistently following the path trodden in the car industry a few years ago – substitution of hydraulic steering by energy-efficient electrical steering systems. (Fig 14)

Principal features of the electromechanical steering:

  • More than 10 % energy saving in the driving cycle
  • Significantly reduced installation effort during lift truck assembly
  • Functional system safety approved by the Technical Control Board (TÜV Süd)
  • Variable adaptation of the steering ratio
  • Plug & Play complete system with mechanical, electrical, electronic and software functions all from one source
  • Available from 24 to 48 V

EPS3 is a joint development by ZF and the company ZAPI, the market leader in electronic controllers for lift trucks. In this product both companies are combining their specific expertise to put a system on the market which is orientated uncompromisingly to the arduous requirements of modern counterbalance lift trucks.

An overview of the advantages:

  • Robust
  • No maintenance required, low-wear
  • Long service life
  • Energy savings
  • Improvement in driving ergonomics
  • Service-friendliness and safety
  • Two-channel implementation of the most important electronic and sensor elements

With that, the EPS3 takes its position amongst the present product innovations from ZF and represents an important milestone in energy conservation for the future.


Alexander Eisner

Product Communication/Technical Press

+49 851 494-2175