The Candela C-8, a remarkable creation in the realm of electric watercraft, recently debuted at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. As a product of Swedish innovation, it stands as a testament to the advancements in sustainable waterborne travel. This 28-foot long craft represents a major leap forward, combining high speed and efficiency with the use of electric hydrofoils.
The Candela C-8 is not just a boat; it’s a technological marvel. Powered by a 55kW Candela C-POD electric motor, it boasts a top speed of 30 knots and the capacity to cruise for over two hours at 20 knots. What sets it apart is its hydrofoil system, which elevates the craft above water, reducing water friction by an astonishing 80%. The boat’s efficiency is further enhanced with a 100% carbon fiber hull.
The C-8‘s hydrofoil system, a key feature, is controlled by the advanced C-Controller. This onboard computer utilizes sensor inputs to adjust the hydrofoils in real-time, balancing the craft against various marine conditions. This system allows the C-8 to ‘fly’ nearly a meter above the water surface, greatly reducing drag and energy consumption.
A noteworthy aspect of the C-8 is its range, now extended to 57 nautical miles per charge at a cruising speed of 22 knots, thanks to a partnership with Polestar. This range is significantly longer than conventional electric speedboats and even compares favorably with internal combustion engine boats. The integration of 69 kWh Polestar batteries not only extends the range but also introduces the capability of DC fast charging.
The C-8 is designed for comfort and functionality. It features a spacious cockpit with seating for eight, a sunbed, a front cabin with beds for two adults and two kids, and a marine toilet. The boat’s settings are easily controlled via a 15.4-inch touchscreen or remotely through an app. It offers various configurations, including a hard top, T-top, or an open cockpit.
Gustav Hasselskog, the founder and CEO of Candela, emphasizes the C-8 as a climate-positive initiative. He notes, “The C-8 is climate action, made fun.” This statement underscores the company’s belief in sustainable options being both better and more enjoyable. Furthermore, Candela aims to transform public water transportation with its electric watercraft, seeking to replace traditional water taxis and commercial vessels.
While the C-8 is a pinnacle in leisure boating, Candela’s vision extends beyond. The company has plans to revolutionize public water transportation, as evidenced by its development of the Candela P-8 Voyager and the P-12 electric water shuttle. These efforts are part of a broader commitment to sustainable transport solutions, aligning with Polestar’s goal of transitioning all forms of transport to sustainability.
The Candela C-8 is not just an electric boat; it is a harbinger of a new era in waterborne travel. Its combination of speed, efficiency, comfort, and sustainability sets it apart in the marine industry. As Candela continues to innovate and collaborate, it leads the way in making sustainable waterborne travel not only a possibility but an exhilarating reality.