Next Gen EPHS Comes in 2013
The announcement comes like a God sent gift for fleet operators, who will have to comply, starting 2017, stricter emission levels in Europe (the new limits in the European Union have been set at 175g/km by 2017 and 147g/km by 2020.
The EPHS is supposed to do just that: help operators cut their CO2 emissions and comply with the new regulations. Suited best for light commercial vehicles, or panel vans, the system promises to bring a reduction of 0.3l/100km, as well as cut the emission levels by 7g/km.
"As vehicle manufacturers compete to be faster to market with new products and powertrain options, EPHS is attractive due to its ease of application; packaging flexibility of the motor pump unit; short development time; low engineering cost; and proven track record in the field," said Frank Lubischer, TRW vice president of steering engineering.
“It is currently fit on the full range of vehicles from the B segment through to SUVs and LCVs. Initially the expectation had been that full EPS would replace EPHS, but we're seeing continued demand for this technology alongside our market leading EPS solutions."
The new generation of the EPHS hopes to build on the experience gained with the current version, of which the supplier manufactured over 15 million units to date. The exact models which would get the system two years from now have not been announced.