Volvo Penta upgrades components in the Electronic Vessel Control and joystick for heavy-duty use6/16/16
Jonas Welinder, product planner for marine electronics at Volvo Penta, explains the changes: “We have improved the mechanical lifespan of the control lever so that it is more durable and better for commercial boat users.
“Our target now is for the control lever to last for ten times longer.”
The new control lever is suitable for ferries and tugs as well as smaller vessels such as rib boats, pilot launches, police and ambulance boats – vessels which operate in tough environments.
The new lever control is black rather than chrome, to differentiate it from the previous model.
The control lever and joystick are part of Volvo Penta’s exclusive Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) system – a complete and customizable system from helm to prop which links engines with functional controls and software, to make control of the boat easier and safer.
Further changes to the EVC include hardware improvements to the 7-inch display and e-Key panel to fulfil an international Ingress Protection rating of IPx7
Björn Säljö, Vice President of Marine Commercial Product Management at Volvo Penta says: “We’re pleased to continually develop the controls of our marine systems to offer the best functionality and safety for our customers.