“For example, we had one guy who had an issue with the struts to the hydrofoil – you can retract them if you want to beach the boat or go into a shallow marina. They don’t normally fail but it did happen. He was pretty far away, and we didn’t have a service technician close by. But then, we didn’t need a service technician because one of our service engineers accessed the system and was able to see it was just a faulty sensor. So, five minutes after this guy phoned the problem with solved from the other side of the world. This is why IoT is a key component in our boats.”
Candela didn’t just build this sexy, high-tech, sustainable roadster of the seas – Candela built a boat that is usable, sustainable, and ready for the market. And Candela is evolving the solution and to address other market segments, such as public transport.
If you look at the company that runs the ferries in the Stockholm archipelago, one third of their costs is fuel,” says Mahlberg. “And while some of their ferries run on heavily travelled routes, there are also routes that serve remote islands where maybe five or ten people live. Going to and from those islands five times a day, often with no passengers, doesn’t make monetary sense, so an electric hydrofoil ferry would cut costs by one third.
An electric foiling ferry could do more than just provide better service at a reduced cost, though. A single diesel ferry uses, on average, 130 liters of fuel per 10 kilometers, which is a lot when you compare it to the 2-3 liters of fuel used by the average public bus for the same distance.
“Developing a high performing hydrofoil leisure boat has been fantastic and the market is excited,” says Mahlberg. “But selling this solution to shipping or ferry operators can have a whole different impact. Candela offers a low-cost, low-emission, high speed solution with better service and availability for customers. We’re setting the standard and our goal is that this technology goes into any boat under 60 meters. So, if you want to go fast and you want to go far in an electric boat you need a hydrofoil boat.”
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