You might be wondering to yourself, “What is an electronic parking brake?”
Electric parking brake technology was introduced to a select band of vehicles as long ago as 2002. Instead of using a conventional lever-operated manual brake, an electronic parking brake allows the driver to press a button, which is conveniently positioned on the vehicle’s centre console. This initiates the car’s holding mechanism, which in turn applies braking pressure.
Rather than use the old-fashioned cable-operated system to engage the brakes, it utilises an electronic motor, which is positioned on each rear caliper.
The most obvious benefit of electric parking technology is that it is very easy to operate. More drivers will find it simpler to press a button than pull a mechanical handbrake, which sometimes requires a certain degree of physical strength.
An electronic parking brake also autonomously applies the brakes whenever the user’s key is removed from the ignition. It also means that more stowage space is freed up.
Thanks to something Ford calls ‘drive-away release’, even if the electronic parking brake is depressed, it will automatically be disengaged when the car is put into motion. This will only occur so long as the driver’s door is closed and seatbelt is fastened, and the engine is on.
A wide range of Ford vehicle’s come with an electronic parking brake, including the Focus, Kuga and C-MAX. As newer vehicles are produced by the marque, electronic parking brakes will become much more prevalent.
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