A propulsion revolution

The unique Volvo Penta IPS system improves power, performance as well as onboard comfort for operators in both commercial and leisure applications. The system increases control, maneuverability and fuel efficiency and allows for a wide number of beneficial optional features and functions. The key to these exceptional qualities lies in the forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers with individually steerable pods under the hull.

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Optimized power and control

Thanks to excellent fuel efficiency, first-class maneuverability and enhanced onboard comfort, Volvo Penta IPS meets just about any demand for powerboat applications. Each IPS installation is a complete and perfectly matched propulsion package – delivering optimized power and control in all conditions. Maneuverability, onboard comfort and reliable performance are all taken to a whole new level, while the layout of the IPS installation leads to a more compact engine room, creating more usable space onboard.

A Well Proven Success

Thousands of applications with the distinctive, forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers and individually steerable pods have been installed in hundreds of boat models worldwide. A few of the many benefits when comparing to inboard shafts are:

  • 40% longer cruising range
  • 20% higher topspeed
  • 30% reduced fuel consumption
  • 30% less CO2 emissions
  • 50% lower perceived noise
  • More onboard space


Increased performance

It may seem like an impossible combination, but the IPS system manages to lower the fuel consumption, while improving the engine’s performance. In a matchup against inboard shafts of the same power, the differences are easy to register. The boat equipped with Volvo Penta IPS accelerates much faster and has a higher top speed.

30% less fuel, 40% longer range

When it comes to fuel economy, the benefits of Volvo Penta IPS are obvious – an impressive 30% of possible reduction in fuel consumption at cruising speed, compared to inboard shaft engines. That translates into longer range by over 40%, and of course a huge drop in exhaust emissions.

From Helm to Prop

A Fully Integrated System

Volvo Penta IPS is a complete and integrated propulsion system – from the helm station, via the engine, all the way to the propellers. This greatly increases quality and reliability. Designed with maneuverability as a key feature, Volvo Penta IPS offers a robust construction and, together with Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Control (EVC), provides outstanding performance and safety. The EVC provides full monitoring, protection and diagnostics for both engine and transmission.

Comprehensive Control

Electronic Vessel Control monitors and connects all electronic systems on board:

  • Individually steerable Pod Drives with twin counter-rotating propellers
  • Engines connected to the Pods via gearbox
  • Helm station with throttle, displays, joystick, steering wheel
  • Additional helm station connectivity
  • Joystick for docking
  • Other EVC options available such as Dynamic Positioning System


Options

Always in Control

The IPS system can be extended with unique features and functions that will make your life at sea even more enjoyable. By integrating your yacht's engines and electronics through the Electronic Vessel Control system, you’ll be able to experience intuitive Joystick Driving or the intelligent Dynamic Positioning System, everything easily monitored through the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System – a monitoring system that gathers all driver information and displays it on one or multiple high-tech displays.

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Onboard space and comfort

Maneuverability, onboard comfort and reliable performance – Volvo Penta IPS takes these characteristics to a whole new level. In addition, the layout of the IPS installation leads to a more compact, smaller engine room, creating considerably more usable space onboard.

Safe and predictable maneuvering

The steerable pods react immediately and precisely to driver commands, the turning radius is tight, and tracking is absolutely straight. With the Volvo Penta driver interface, most features are integrated in the controls, providing a new level of ease at the helm.

Minimal vibrations

Thanks to exhaust fume release through the pod, the low vibration of the twin counter rotating propellers and effective suspension, vibrations and noise levels are significantly reduced, thus increasing onboard comfort.

Why Forward Facing is Superior

Forward Facing Efficiency

The twin, counter-rotating propellers face forward and work in undisturbed water. The propeller thrust is parallel with the hull. All power drives the boat forward.

Virtually no Fumes

All exhaust fumes are emitted through the pods, into the prop wash and carried well behind the boat for improved onboard comfort.

Cavitation-Free

The propellers are positioned well under the hull to eliminate air intrusion and cavitation, even in sharp turns and during full acceleration.

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Designed for Productivity

The unique, type-approved Volvo Penta IPS system improves productivity and performance for operators who value maneuverability, fuel efficiency and on-board comfort. The key to these exceptional qualities lies in the forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers with individually steerable pods under the hull.

Thanks to excellent fuel efficiency, first-class maneuverability and enhanced onboard comfort, Volvo Penta IPS meets the demands for any powerboat applications. Each IPS installation is a complete and perfectly matched propulsion package – delivering optimum power in all conditions.

A vital efficiency boost

For over a decade, Volvo Penta IPS has made the difference for yards, designers and operators all over the world. The state-of-the-art technology with the forward-facing propellers generates a number of benefits when compared to inboard shafts:

  • 40% longer cruising range
  • 20% higher topspeed
  • 30% reduced fuel consumption
  • 30% less CO2 emissions


From Helm to Prop

A Fully Integrated System

Volvo Penta IPS is a complete and integrated propulsion system – from the helm station, via the engine, all the way to the propellers. This greatly increases quality and reliability. Designed with maneuverability as a key feature, Volvo Penta IPS offers a robust construction and, together with Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Control (EVC), provides outstanding performance and safety. The EVC provides full monitoring, protection and diagnostics for both engine and transmission.

Comprehensive Control

Electronic Vessel Control monitors and connects all electronic systems on board:

  • Individually steerable Pod Drives with twin counter-rotating propellers
  • Engines connected to the Pods via gearbox
  • Helm station with throttle, displays, joystick, steering wheel
  • Additional helm station connectivity
  • Joystick for docking
  • Other EVC options available such as Dynamic Positioning System


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Always in control

By fully integrating a boat's engines and electronics into one platform, you'll be able to enjoy unique optional functions that will increase control, maneuvering and onboard comfort. The IPS system can be extended with unique capabilities from our broad range of smart options and easy-to-install functions such as Joystick Driving, the Dynamic Positioning System or a state-of-the art Interceptor Trim System.



Increased performance

It may seem like an impossible combination, but the IPS system manages to lower the fuel consumption, while improving the engine’s performance. In a matchup against inboard shafts of the same power, the differences are easy to register. The boat equipped with Volvo Penta IPS accelerates much faster and has a higher top speed.

30% less fuel, 40% longer range

When it comes to fuel economy, the benefits of Volvo Penta IPS are obvious – an impressive 30% of possible reduction in fuel consumption at cruising speed, compared to inboard shaft engines. That translates into longer range by over 40%, and of course a huge drop in exhaust emissions.

Fast and Easy Installation

Volvo Penta IPS is designed for easy installation and integration. Each IPS installation is a complete and perfectly matched propulsion package with all functions integrated, which dramatically shortens the installation time, reducing lead times.

Type Approved by Det Norske Veritas

The Volvo Penta IPS system is covered by type approval for the engine, IPS drive and EVC system in accordance with DNV’s rules for High-Speed & Light Craft, based on the SOLAS High-Speed code. Volvo Penta IPS 900 can also be supplied with a product certificate covering the complete system, from helm station to propeller, for vessels requiring fully classified machinery in accordance with DNV’s High-Speed & Light Craft rules.

Why Forward Facing is Superior

Forward Facing Efficiency

The twin, counter-rotating propellers face forward and work in undisturbed water. The propeller thrust is parallel with the hull. All power drives the boat forward.

Virtually no Fumes

All exhaust fumes are emitted through the pods, into the prop wash and carried well behind the boat for improved onboard comfort.

Cavitation-Free

The propellers are positioned well under the hull to eliminate air intrusion and cavitation, even in sharp turns and during full acceleration.

Active and precise maneuvering

The steerable pods react immediately and precisely to driver commands, the turning radius is tight, and tracking is absolutely straight. All IPS vessels offer effortless and precise maneuvering. This makes docking procedures time-efficient and cuts turnaround time.

Minimal vibrations and noise

Thanks to exhaust fume release through the pod, the low vibration of the twin counter rotating propellers and effective suspension, vibrations and noise levels are significantly reduced, thus increasing onboard comfort.

Power for Marine Professionals

With over 100 years of experience working in the marine sector, we've managed to perfect our global offer to supply our customers with innovative solutions that give them a competitive advantage.

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Design, Build, Operate

Volvo Penta remains a partner during every stage of a project and can assist with vital support in the design, build or operating phases, either through our marine engineers or the global Volvo Penta Dealer network.

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Service & Support

Genuine Volvo Penta Parts and Service are the key to maximizing productivity and long-term value. Our aftermarket offer includes 24/7 access to Volvo Penta Action Service support and optional extended coverage protection.

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One Contact - For all Your Needs

With Volvo Penta IPS you have one contact for everything: engines, drives, propellers, instruments, accessories, service or warranties. The components of the entire propulsion system can be obtained directly from your local Volvo Penta dealer, which equates to easy service. For designers, Volvo Penta offers full application and naval architectural support.

 

With You all the Way

The quality and reliability of Volvo Penta engines, coupled with quick and qualified service and support with world-class parts distribution, is a combination that provides you with a solid foundation for optimal uptime and cost of ownership. Maximize your productivity and availability with the Volvo Penta dealer network, which is global yet rich in local expertise, the backing of the Volvo Group’s extensive parts distribution system, and protection by Extended Coverage.

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