Volvo has now supplied 30,000 Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) solutions across the marine sectors.

The system’s innovative and unique design has forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers that sit below the hull for incredible ‘grip’ of the water. Individually steerable IPS drives are linked to the onboard Joystick Docking function, making docking easier.

When compared to traditional inboard shaft installations Volvo Penta IPS provides 40% longer cruising range, 20% higher top speed, up to a 30% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, 50% lower perceived noise and more onboard space.

With 30,000 IPS units installed in recreational and commercial vessels since 2005, the savings in CO2 emissions have been considerable. Furthermore, Volvo Penta has started to incorporate a circular economy approach by giving a new life to IPS drivelines through remanufacturing.

“Our Volvo Penta IPS range already offers a reduced impact on the environment, through its increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions,” says Johan Inden, head of Volvo Penta’s marine segment. “Selecting a remanufactured IPS unit only enhances the sustainability of the full lifecycle of the boat, including maintenance and repair.”

Volvo Penta’s Environmental Director, Cecilia Gunnarsson knows more can still be done.


“As we celebrate this milestone, we also remind ourselves that supporting our environment is a continuous commitment,” says Cecilia. “This is why we have worked to make our systems compatible with renewable fuels such as HVO. Additionally, we have our IMO III package for IPS, which meets the strictest global emission standards.”