Elyria, Ohio – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has delivered more than 400,000 Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program systems as the commercial truck market continues to drive adoption of full-stability technology.
Bendix ESP, the first full-stability solution widely available for the commercial vehicle market, meets the new stability mandate of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which in June published its final rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) technology – known as full stability – on Class 7 and Class 8 truck tractors and motorcoaches with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 11,793kg (26,000 lb). NHTSA will implement the mandate in three phases, starting August 1, 2017, for most 3-axle tractors.
“More and more fleets, truck makers, and drivers are turning to Bendix ESP, and they’re doing so with confidence in a rigorously tested, reliable system that has been proven over many millions of real-world miles since its launch 10 years ago,” says Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “The technology rewards fleets by helping to decrease the number of heavy truck accidents and improve safety records, while delivering the value they require. As NHTSA’s mandate is implemented, the benefits of full stability will be experienced industry wide and help to improve highway safety even further.”
Bendix introduced ESP in 2005. It took six years to reach 100,000 units sold, but that mark was tripled in the subsequent three-year period as original equipment manufacturers and fleets sought the technology.
Mack and Volvo offer Bendix ESP as standard equipment on their highway tractors, and it comes standard on the majority of Peterbilt Motor Co.’s Class 8 trucks and tractors as well. Other manufacturers offering the Bendix ESP system include International, Kenworth, and Prevost. Bendix ESP is also available for more than 80% of all medium-duty chassis configurations at PACCAR and Navistar.
Earlier this year, Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the leading intercity coach manufacturer in the United States and Canada, also announced the availability of Bendix ESP on its vehicles. Blue Bird Corporation added Bendix ESP as a factory-installed option in late 2014, making it the first North American school bus manufacturer to offer stability technology.
Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC