Candela’s Futuristic Production Electric “Flying” Boat Debuts at CES
The Candela C-8 represents the future of sustainable waterborne travel, achieving maximum efficiency, speed, and range with hydrofoils that allow it to silently fly above the water and waves.
STOCKHOLM, Nov. 10, 2022 – Swedish company Candela will unveil the production version of its revolutionary electric hydrofoil C-8 watercraft at the technology world’s mainstage–CES 2023–in Las Vegas on January 5, 2023.
The premium 28-foot cruiser, with a range of 50-plus miles and a top speed of 30 knots, is the first production day cruiser equipped with Candela’s electric hydrofoil system that reduces water friction by 80 percent. The hydrofoils are the key to cracking the code for electric-powered, long-range, high-speed travel at sea, which Candela believes will change boating forever.
“With the C-8, we set out to make the first no-compromise electric boat with maximum range and speed, but we’ve ended up with a new and improved class of craft, which also happens to be electric,” said Gustav Hasselskog, Candela’s founder, and CEO. “It’s a far superior experience to old-school hulls with combustion engines. Boaters no longer must contend with vomit-inducing pitching and slamming, or the deafening roar from revving outboard engines. Once you’ve experienced flying above the surface in absolute silence, it’s hard to go back.”
After the successful launch of its first electric hydrofoil boat, the limited series Candela C-7, in 2019, Candela’s 50-strong team of engineers spent two years perfecting the hydrofoil system and software to create the high-volume production C-8. At the heart of the technology is Candela’s C-Controller, an onboard computer that uses inputs from a variety of sensors to adjust the boat’s hydrofoils in real time to balance the craft in waves, wind, and different loads. Featuring a 100% carbon fiber hull, the C-8 is powered by the Candela C-POD, a specially designed, 55kW direct-drive electric motor that requires no scheduled maintenance for 2,000 hours.
The hydrofoils can be retracted for entering shallow harbors or easy trailering, and in extreme wave heights, the boat can be driven as a traditional planing hull craft, albeit less efficiently. The C-8 has a draft of fewer than two feet with the hydrofoils retracted.
The C-8 features a large, comfortable cockpit with seating for eight, a large sunbed, a spacious front cabin equipped with beds for two adults and two kids, and a marine toilet. All settings on the C-8, from turning on the cooler to navigation, are controlled from the boat’s 15.4-inch touchscreen or remotely from the Candela app. The C-8 can be configured with a hard top, a T-top, or an open cockpit day cruiser and starts at $390,000.
“Real change won’t come from people making selfless choices. People will only go for the sustainable option if it’s better and more fun. That’s how we can make a difference. Hence, the C-8 is climate action, made fun,” said Hasselskog.
While the C-8 is a “halo” leisure boat, Candela also has plans to transform public water transportation. Unveiled earlier this summer in Venice, the Candela P-8 Voyager is designed to replace traditional water taxis and commercial passenger watercraft that create water pollution, engine noise, and waves that damage historical architecture. Furthermore, the City of Stockholm will take delivery of the first Candela P-12, a 30-passenger, all-electric water shuttle in 2023. The company is in talks with over 100 other municipalities about water transportation solutions.
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Zero emissions, zero noise, zero seasickness, zero maintenance, zero gas and oil, and zero wake, but 100% fun. Candela was founded in 2014 by CEO Gustav Hasselskog, employs 180+ persons, and has offices in Stockholm, San Francisco, and Cannes. Production takes place in Stockholm.
Candela’s boats are up to 95% more energy efficient, and offer passengers a smoother, quieter experience on the water because they fly above it instead of crashing through the waves. Propulsion comes from Candela’s compact C-POD electric motors, which stay fully submerged while running, further eliminating noise and vibrations onboard, plus they’re designed to run for a lifetime without ever requiring maintenance.