Press Release

2018-Apr-23

New Electromechanical Steering Reduces Energy Consumption of Electric Forklifts

    • New electromechanical power steering system for four-wheel front-drive counterbalance forklifts is presented at the Hanover Fair 2018
    • Front-wheel drive ensures highest possible maneuverability
    • For counterbalance forklifts with up to 2 tons lifting capacity

With this electromechanical steering system (image 5), ZF presents the future of steering axles for four-wheel front-drive counterbalance forklifts. ZF is thus advancing the electric forklift, enabling it to follow following the course plotted by the passenger car industry over the last few years: the move from hydraulic steering to energy-efficient electrical steering systems. Steering based purely on electromechanical power is finding its way into ever larger vehicles and higher performance classes, as is the case with automotive applications.

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New Electromechanical Steering Reduces Energy Consumption of Electric Forklifts

ZF's eSTEER EPS 4 is a type of electromechanical steering for four- wheel front-drive counterbalance forklifts. Thanks to perfectly designed gearing parts, noise pollution is extremely low. Premium, high-quality and long- lasting components obviate the need for maintenance across the product's life cycle.

ZF eSTEER EPS 4 is also very economical throughout the driving cycle, thanks to the power-on-demand feature, which guarantees longer battery life and reduced energy consumption. The newly developed steer-by-wire system functions entirely without hydraulics, meaning that leaks and associated environmental hazards are prevented.

Further technical information on EPS 4:

  • Functional safety level: Performance level D
  • Easier installation during forklift assembly
  • An ideal complement to the ZF eTRAC GP 25 (image 3)
  • Front-wheel drive ensures highest possible maneuverability

CONTACT

Alexander Eisner

Product Communication/Technical Press

+49 851 494-2175

alexander.eisner@zf.com