Electric leisure boats have been around in one form or another for more than one hundred years, but they’ve always faced the same issue: they had speed without range – or they had range without speed. Sweden’s award-winning innovator Candela changed all of that when they launched the world’s first hydrofoiling electric boat in serial production, the C-7, in 2019. That boat has gone on to win a shelfful of awards, including the world’s biggest competition for electric and new energy boats, the Monaco Energy Challenge. Now, Candela has launched their first mass-market boat, the C-8, which is an entirely different kind of beast altogether: it’s bigger, it’s more capable, and it has longer range – and it comes with a number of features that make it superior to conventional fossil-fueled boats.
In many ways, the first boat launched by Candela, the C-7, was their roadster and wasn’t really meant for efficiency or production. So, even though the company made and sold around 34 C-7s, 99% of the focus was on making it fly. Now, with the nearly launched C-8, Candela has taken everything they learned from the C-7 and applying it to the C-8 from a technical standpoint, while also adding those amenities one would expect from a high-end leisure boat.
“The C-8 is our first mass-market boat,” explains Mikael Mahlberg, PR & Communications Manager, Candela Speedboats. “And in a sense, you can say it’s also the first mass-market electric boat, because it has the range and speed to compete with traditional fossil fuel boats, along with a number of features that make it superior to conventional boats, such as it flies so there is no wake, and it is totally silent because we have developed a new C-pod drive train – and that is a big component and the key in being able to make a mass-produced and really efficient electric boat.”
If you look at the C-7, it had a drive train and motor that was bought off the shelf and mounted in a box above the water line, just like any other outboard on the market.