Since the launch of the Volvo Penta Inboard Propulsion System (IPS) in 2005, the company recently reported it has delivered its 10,000th unit.
The marine industry's first pod drive system, IPS is currently featured on more than 250 boat models from manufacturers across the globe and now offers nine models ranging from 260 hp to 700 hp. IPS is also available in multi-engine configurations and select gasoline-powered models.
The system also introduced the company's innovative IPS Joystick system, which is designed to simplify docking and maneuvering in tight confines. The latest launch in the series is the IPS 800/900 offering 600 hp (IPS 800) and 700 hp (IPS 900), which are based on the company's D11 engine and designed for boats up to 110 feet.
In 2008, Volvo Penta developed its Boat Engine Integration Center (BEIC) in Portsmouth, VA, which was devised to assist independent boat builders with the integration and installation of IPS (as well other Volvo Penta systems).
“This is more than the most optimistic calculations we had at launch,” says GÃ¶ran Gummeson, President and CEO of Volvo Penta. “But the advantages with the new system, particularly environmentally, are overwhelming and the industry quickly realized it.”