Candela, the Stockholm-based electric boat manufacturer, has recently announced the launch of its latest T-TOP edition, which the company claims has twice the range of any other electric speedboat.
Powered by its highly efficient C-POD motor, the Candela C-8 T-TOP can cruise for 2.5 hours at 22 knots, making it the world’s longest-range electric boat. The hydrofoil technology cuts energy usage by 80% compared to traditional boats and is the key to long-range battery power.
“On one charge, you can cruise from central Miami to Key Biscayne and back,” says Tanguy de Lamotte, CEO of Candela US office. “In silence, no fumes, no slamming, for only ten dollars of electricity.”
The T-Top edition is made entirely out of carbon fiber but is sturdy enough to carry eight passengers and several water toys – two SUPs, a kayak, and plenty of fishing rods. The electric speedboat also has mounts for extra equipment, like radar, searchlights, or a VHF antenna.
Candela’s secret sauce is a combination of aviation-inspired hydrofoil technology and advanced flight control computers. The C-FOIL and hydrofoil systems in Candela’s boats generate enough lift at high speeds to raise the hull above the water. Once flying, the boat is balanced in real time by its flight controller, a computer that accounts for side winds, different loads, and waves. This system not only makes for a very smooth ride but also enables the Candela C-8 to use 80% less energy than comparable boats at high speeds.
“It’s just the best ride!” Lamotte added. “Once you’re flying, all the bad things about planing boats are gone. It's like driving an electric car for the first time: you never want to drive a conventional car ever again. The experience is so much better. With this boat, you can enjoy the journey as well as the destination.”
The Candela C-8 will make its US debut at CES on January 5th, 2023.