- 8 June 2022
Presenting the new Candela C-8, the electric boat that “flies” over water
The Swedish shipyard presented two new products at the Venice Boat Show. These are the Candela C-8 and the P-8 Voyager. Let’s find out more.
An 8-metre boat, it attracted a lot of attention at the Venice Boat Show. We’re talking about the new Candela C-8, the electric motorboat that “flies” over water. Indeed, this small vessel, can lift itself above the water’s surface thanks to its foils (the three wings located under the hull). The result is truly breathtaking. It was therefore inevitable that the Candela C-8 would become one of the main attractions of the Venice Boat Show.
It is, after all, no coincidence that the Swedish shipyard chose Venice to present this boat. The hydrofoil technology reduces energy consumption by 80% compared to conventional boats. In addition, these boats have more autonomy and are full electric. A large advantage, especially when thinking about travelling along the Venetian canals.
THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
The Candela C-8 is inspired by its predecessor, the Candela Seven, which also has a foil. But the shipyard from Stockholm wanted to raise the ante with this design, guaranteeing even more efficiency and autonomy. The motorboat has a C-POD 45/50 Kw electric motor, which allows it to reach top speeds of 30 knots.
To explain further: consumption at 20 knots is of 0.8kW/h per nautical mile. With around 8 euros’ worth of energy you can sail for 2 and a half hours. This signifies savings both for the environment and the wallet. Without forgetting that the motor can be used for a total of 3 thousand hours before needing maintenance.
The real turning point, according to the builders, is the C-POD technology. The electric motors are positioned in a torpedo-shaped pod under the water. Passing to full electric transmission substantially eliminates all the engine noise and also reduces the number of moving parts, making the Candela C-8 even more autonomous.
A FAST AND EASY MOTORBOAT TO DRIVE
The exterior design is reminiscent of a sports car. Indeed, driving it is quite similar. The Candela C-8 can reach high speeds, but it does so without skimping on comfort. Thanks to the reduced wake, passengers can enjoy their boating trip without worrying about irritating noise.
P-8 VOYAGER: THE NEW DESIGN INSPIRED BY VENETIAN TAXIS
But wait, there’s more! Candela, together with the C-8 model, also presented the new P-8 Voyager. This is a model that uses the same technology as the Candela C-8, but has a design inspired by the famous Venetian taxis. The P-8 Voyager is the perfect combination of technology and elegance, paying homage to the history and charm of Venice.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – CANDELA C-8
Length: 8.5 m
Range: 2.5 m
Weight: 1605 kg
Material: Carbon fibre
Cruising Speed: 20 knots
Maximum speed: 30 knots
Charging Time: 2 hours
Draught: 0.5 m
Engines: Candela C-POD (45/50 Kw)
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