The Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) system receives an all new electrical architecture, and offers further features, such as a single connection point and the possibility to manage EVC functions for vessel and driveline independently.
Volvo Penta EVC was first launched in 2003, establishing itself as a comprehensive system thanks to Joystick Docking, Dynamic Positioning System and Glass Cockpit. You can find many articles about these devices on this magazine. The EVC system has enabled the company to integrate these systems throughout the boat, delivering on Volvo Penta “Easy Boating” claim.
By introducing EVC 2, Volvo Penta brings a relevant update with a new electrical architecture that ensures faster software download, improved diagnostics and traceability, as well as offering the prospect of upgrading to additional functionality in the future.
One of the targets of the evolution was to make the EVC more independent of the driveline: the engine is the propulsion unit, and the EVC is the electrical platform that controls the functionality and features.
A key feature of Volvo EVC 2 is the On-Board Maintenance Assistant, which informs users of service dates, as well as keeping track of past servicing and diagnostic information, with a real time clock. Combined with the steer-by-wire system, which is now standard on both single and twin installation of the new DPI drive (we wrote about it lately), the Electronic Vessel Control can operate features such as Low speed and DPS (Dynamic Positioning System) to a wider range of applications.
The EVC 2 platform now has only a single connection point, regardless of how many engines are in the installation. This improves ease of maintenance, as well as enhanced software downloads and diagnostics.
Volvo Penta claims some benefits for the builders too. In particular, the electrical architecture of the EVC 2 allows more features to be connected into the ecosystem of the vessel, giving boatyards more flexibility in the manufacturing process, all the way from ordering, manufacturing and delivery.
In the future Electronic Vessel Control 2 will act as the primary enabler, including remote diagnostics and connectivity. It will form the foundation for connecting all future features in a boat and allow new services to be uploaded anywhere in the world. And if you think of where the automotive is alreadt going, you will realize that Volvo Penta is definitely on the right path.