The IPS Professional Platform – intelligence and decarbonisation at sea

Volvo Penta unveils its new IPS Professional Platform, the industry’s most advanced technology and propulsion platform for superyachts and commercial marine vessels.

The Volvo Penta IPS Professional Platform builds on the company’s proven Inboard Performance System (IPS) and Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) technology with unique enhancements for larger vessels. The company will showcase the new technology platform at The Wynn at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The IPS Professional Platform is the next evolution of Volvo Penta’s fully integrated helm-to-propeller experience. It delivers unparalleled comfort, performance and sustainability for professional vessels and super yachts. The flexible platform enables a ship to have up to eight power sources. It includes perfectly matched software, services and support, all integrated via the company’s proprietary EVC technology.

Highlights of the new platform include:

An intelligent dual power drive system – Installed as a twin, triple or quad, the system enables each vessel to have four to eight power sources. The solution is for a mix of power sources. From combustion engines running on renewable fuels to fully electric or hybrid solutions, it enables unparalleled efficiency and provides the option to combine traditional internal combustion engines.

(ICE) with electric power sources – a unique approach to efficiency for this class of vessels.

Intelligent technology features of the platform also include Volvo Penta Assisted Docking, Dynamic Positioning, and a professional-level Glass Cockpit helm display on some models to ease manual operation and semi-automated features for every operator level. Beyond the bridge, this system also offers remote diagnostics and improves maintenance.

Future-Proof Vessels

The platform architecture can future-proof vessels through its versatile dual-power configuration. Vessels can run at ultimate efficiency levels with today’s ICE technology. Captains or technical engineers can upgrade with hybrid and electric options shortly without redesigning or scraping a vessel.

Bright power sources – All Volvo Penta ICE engines can run on renewable diesel or bio-diesel today, enabling the path to sustainability to start immediately, even before fully electric power sources are ready for deployment.

Getting eco-smart – A new intelligent Eco Mode feature that automatically starts/stops individual engines based on the power needed for a given situation, optimizing fuel consumption and engine running hours. In addition to increasing the benefit of Volvo Penta IPS at lower speeds and reducing fuel consumption across most of the drive cycle, Eco Mode is visible through an interface at the helm. This makes it easy for the captain or operator to monitor.

New levels of efficiency – Together, the Volvo Penta IPS driveline and Eco Mode ensure new levels of efficiency never seen in the industry – they complement each other.

Commitment to sustainabilityVolvo Penta has been committed to sustainability and decarbonization. Users will experience up to 30 per cent of total fuel savings and emissions with the complete system.

A New Approach to Power

Commercially available in 2025, the Volvo Penta IPS Professional Platform was developed with ease of operation, versatility, and efficiency. The first of its kind, the platform includes an innovative new concept in marine propulsion design built on the industry-leading Volvo Penta IPS system and developed for use with dual power inputs.

This new design unlocks a range of possibilities for managing the power to the water most efficiently by enabling different combinations of power sources to be connected to one energy-efficient drive.

Depending on mission parameters, power combinations could include traditional ICE power sources, including renewable fuels such as HVO, Renewable Diesel, or a hybrid of ICE and electric power sources.

Fully electric power sources

Additionally, Volvo Penta’s dual power input design is supported by an intelligent Eco Mode feature that will automatically manage and optimize the use of power based on real-time needs during operation.

Eco Mode optimizes fuel consumption and engine running hours. Approximately 50 per cent of the time, half of the power sources will be on standby. This gives the potential to operate a vessel with unrivalled new levels of efficiency and leads to extended service and maintenance intervals.

IPS Professional Platform – Designed Around You

The Volvo Penta IPS Professional Platform is designed to deliver a seamless and intuitive experience, making operations more accessible, safer and more enjoyable for even the most seasoned professional. Intelligent features like Volvo Penta Assisted Docking, Dynamic Positioning and Volvo Penta’s professional-level Glass Cockpit helm display make manual operation easier.

The system’s innovative new design and dual power inputs unlock a range of possibilities for managing the power to the water in the most efficient way possible, increasing confidence and trust for every level of operator. Beyond the bridge, advanced connectivity enables predictive maintenance, remote diagnostics and remote monitoring, all contributing to premium-level support and increased uptime.

“Our aim has long been the relentless pursuit of innovation. We are focused on delivering sustainable solutions that create an exceptional customer experience.

“We see this as a major step towards decarbonization in superyachts and commercial vessels between 25-55 metres.”

A History of Innovation and Trust

The complete Volvo Penta IPS Professional Platform is designed, developed, verified and serviced by one company. This ensures an optimized experience throughout the vessel’s entire lifecycle. Volvo Penta’s EVC is available across the full range of Volvo Penta-powered vessels. It offers a seamless on-water experience across various marine applications. Backed by its authorized service network, Volvo Penta will provide global parts availability and 24/7 customer support. They deliver peace of mind on the water and beyond.