For the first time in the U.S., Volvo Penta is presenting its 8-liter diesel engine and new IPS drive. These solutions, along with other innovations recently introduced by the company, will be showcased at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in booth 1203/1204.
These products are an extension of Volvo Penta’s Easy Boating initiative, featuring Helm-to-Prop Integration, according to Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas.
“Our vision of Easy Boating is built on a proven track record of innovation and integration. Volvo Penta’s leadership with integrated propulsion systems is the key to optimizing system performance and fuel efficiency while improving the customer experience. Boat builders, dealers and end users know that they can look to Volvo Penta for a totally integrated solution, built and supported by a single trusted supplier,” he said.
With release of the D8 engine, available for both IPS and inboard shaft applications, Volvo Penta now offers a broader selection of power systems and meets a growing demand for an engine with 550 to 600 horsepower
Volvo Penta has expanded this product range through introduction of the D8-IPS700 and D8-IPS800. With this addition to the range, Volvo Penta is extending the benefits of IPS to an even greater variety of boats. IPS comes with forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers, combined with steerable pods, which are built to improve handling, onboard comfort and maneuverability. IPS was introduced in 2005 and since then, over 20,000 IPS units have been delivered to 550 boat builders and are installed in over 1,100 different boat models.
“Introduction of the Volvo Penta D8, D8-IPS700 and D8-IPS800 fills a key niche in our marine leisure market line up. This exceptional package provides state-of-the-art fuel efficiency, classic Volvo Penta high torque at low RPMs and remarkably low NVH to powerboats in the 45-55 foot range. Our customers throughout North and South America are tremendously excited at the launch of these superior products designed to function seamlessly with demanded features like Glass Cockpit, Interceptor tabs and now the Battery Management System,” said Marcia Kull, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.
Volvo Penta is also showcasing its new Battery Management System, a fully integrated solution for monitoring, managing and maintaining all the boat’s batteries from a central display at the helm station, replacing multiple separate voltage meters for each battery. The system works behind the scenes to monitor and manage the battery main switches and related functions and gives visibility into all the boat’s batteries, showing voltages, current flows, time- to- full charge or discharge, state of charge and status of battery health in a single display at the helm station or integrated into the Glass Cockpit. The system’s e-Key Remote is the first key on the market that is connected and integrated into the boat’s entire driveline. The key fob allows users to switch on the battery supply, authorize the valid key and power up the EVC on the engines, and even energize the deck floodlights, electric gangway and anchor windlass – 300 feet away from the boat.
In 2006, Volvo Penta introduced joystick technology for leisure boating, and in 2016 introduced the Joystick Inboard solution for twin inboard shaft applications. This complete system integrates the rudder with the gear, throttle and thrusters for improved maneuverability. Leveraging the company’s joystick experience from IPS along with Volvo Penta’s Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) platform that is based on the same CAN-bus technology used in ships and planes, Volvo Penta now offers a complete helm-to-prop solution for inboard applications. Joystick Inboard can be paired with all electronically controlled Volvo Penta diesel engines from 110 hp to 900 hp in twin applications.
To express the company’s commitment to Easy Boating, Volvo Penta’s Hanna Ljungqvist, marine product expert and co-host of the Volvo Penta Boating Challenge video series, will lead several sessions throughout the boat show that put the latest innovations to the test. These sessions are open to all attendees; the first one took place at the company’s booth on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET and the next will take place at the company’s booth on Friday, November 4 at12 and 4 p.m. ET.