The Volvo Penta electric Saildrive with Glass Cockpit System prototype, which had its press release at Cannes Yachting Festival 2019, is set to aid a global demand for electric leisure and pleasure boating. The unique Volvo Penta electric driver interface within its Glass Cockpit System is designed to make the electric boating experience as easy as possible. In keeping with Volvo Penta philosophy, the aim is for boating to be easy and intuitive for today – and tomorrow. A prototype of a new electric driver interface has been developed with new boating behaviors in mind. One big difference is that instead of measuring fuel consumption boaters need to know about battery range and charging capabilities.
“The electric driver interface was first revealed onboard the catamaran with our electric saildrive concept in Cannes, where we received initial, high-level input from media and customers,” explained Anna Lindgren, Director Marine Product Planning at Volvo Penta. “The prototype is being designed for use across our marine electro-mobility platform, but testing it onboard the catamaran has provided a great chance for us to capture learnings and feedback easily. We need a lot of customer input at an early stage in order to find how to best design this interface.”
The electric driver interface will support the driver in making accurate decisions during the usage of the boat. This will include functionality to monitor maneuvering of the boat as well as monitoring of the energy balance for the battery. “This is a new way of working for Volvo Penta, but we need to learn, get feedback and quickly make adjustments to the technology,” says Lindgren. “It’s a two-way process, we learn from our customers and partners, and they learn from us. We’re working to develop an integrated system and the input we have now collected will influence our future development.” Read Full Story >
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