Saturday, April 13, 2024

Candela unveils a limited-edition sustainable luxury vessel

Sweden-based boat manufacturing company Candela and Polestar unveiled a sustainable luxury vessel, the Candela C-8 Polestar edition.

The limited-edition boat is equipped with the Candela C-Pod 45/50 kW motor that gives a cruise speed of 22 knots (25 mph or 40 km/h) and a maximum speed of 27 knots (31 mph or 50 km/h). The boat has a full range of 57 NM (65 miles/105 km) at cruising speed, plus an extra 3 NM (3.31 miles/ 5.5km) at 4 knots (4.43mph or 7 km/h) in limp home mode if needed, which makes it the longest-range production electric boat, says Candela.

Candela C-8 Polestar Edition packs the same 69 kWh battery as the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback. Polestar batteries also bring DC charging to the C-8, which combines the most extended electric range with the fastest charging times.

With the 11 kW AC charger, the boat can be fully charged within 6.5 hours, and with the 135 kW DC charger, the boat can be charged within only 35 minutes.

Limited-edition C-8 measures 8.50m long and 2.50m wide and can accommodate up to 8 passengers, including the driver. The Candela C-8 Polestar Edition is made of carbon fiber materials and weighs around 1750 kg (3858 lbs).

Polestar’s design team brings a new level of luxury to this limited-edition version of Candela C-8. The foils are made from carbon fiber and are sized to carry the boat’s weight. Thus, they are extremely strong, so hitting small debris will have no effect.

The Candela C-8 Polestar Edition features a 15.4-inch touchscreen with Candela’s proprietary navigation and boat integration system.

According to Candela, the boat is powered by Candela C-Pod, the most efficient and longest-lasting boat motor ever built. Submerged, direct-drive electric motors provide a silent ride while eliminating transmission losses.

“Aesthetic excellence is an intrinsic value, but it can also be a powerful driving force towards a sustainable future. At Candela, our primary focus is to create vessels that are more compelling in every respect. I am therefore pleased about the C-8 Polestar Edition and the collaboration with the brilliant team at Polestar,” said Gustav Hasselskog, CEO & founder of Candela, in a statement.

The retractable C-FOIL system makes the C-8 a proper no-compromise electric boat. In shallow mode, the hull protects the foil and Candela C-POD. In extreme weather conditions that prevent foiling, the C-8 can be operated as a conventional boat, albeit with reduced range.

The foiling mode of the C-FOIL system goes for all speeds above 16 knots (18MPH/ 29 km/h) for high efficiency and long range. In the planning mode, the C-FOIL can speed up to 20 knots (33MPH/ 37 km/h) for extreme wave heights and reduce the range.

In shallow mode, the C-FOIL protects foils and Candela C-POD and goes at low speeds. In the Harbor mode, the C-FOIL system retracted above the waterline to eliminate the risk of fouling on the front and aft foil system.

The retractable hydrofoil can extend up to 0.5 m in shallow mode. In planning mode, it can go up to 0.9 m, 0.8 m while foiling, and 1.5 m while not foiling. The maximum wave height when foiling is approximately 1.2 m from wave peak to valley.

The C-8 has multiple configurations, including an open daycruiser, a T-top version, and a weather-protected hardtop version. The Candela C-8 Polestar Edition pricing starts at €400,000 ($426136), and deliveries are expected to begin from June 2025.