Swedish boat-builder Candela announced that its all-new Candela P-30, the world’s fastest all-electric passenger ship, will hit Stockholm’s waterways in 2022. It can transport passengers to and from the archipelago above the waves without CO2 emissions, wake, or noise pollution.
It can run both long and record fast on clean electricity. Stockholmers will be the first in the world to test the new type of ship in scheduled traffic.
The boat is 12 meters long, has room for 30 passengers, and will be powered by a pair of 60 kW electric pod drives. It can reach the top speeds of 30 knots – which makes it the world’s fastest electric ship – and the onboard 180-kWh lithium battery will offer a range of more than 60 nautical miles.
The all-new high-tech P-30 ferry from Candela will offer superior comfort and seakeeping from its Flight controller, a computer that analyzes the boat’s pitch and roll a hundred times a second and automatically adjusts the foils to keep it level above the waves. Its computer-controlled hydrofoils ensure a safe and smooth ride, even in rough seas.
Candela P-30 uses 80% less energy than conventional ships and has the ability to travel far and fast on pure electricity. This means a 100% reduction in emissions. Candela’s efficiency and maintenance-free electric drive train reduce ship operator’s annual costs by 50%.
With an energy usage per passenger that is equal to that of a hybrid fuel bus, Candela P-30 is not only a replacement for today’s diesel ferries but also a compelling alternative to cars and buses.
The launch will take place in the fourth quarter of 2022, after which the ship will undergo six months of test traffic with the manufacturer. If the project goes as planned, Stockholmers are then welcome on board regular scheduled traffic on the world’s first electric carrier aircraft.
After sea trials, the P-30 will start commercial operation in 2023.