by Tiana May
23 Mar 2022
Candela has announced that its first US test drive centre for its long-range electric hydrofoil boats will open in San Francisco in April 2022.
The new test drive centre will demonstrate Candela’s electric hydrofoil craft, which can operate for over 2 hours at a cruising speed of 22 knots. The vessel’s computer-aided hydrofoils lift the hull above the surface, reducing water friction and energy usage by 80% compared to traditional powerboats. Alongside their speed, the hydrofoiling boats have a range that is 2–3 times greater than any other electric boat currently on the market.
“We’re not just aiming at making the best electric boat. We’re making a vastly better boat than today’s conventional powerboats, hands down - combustion engine or electric. Thanks to our hydrofoil technology and our direct-drive C-POD motor, there’s no slamming, no noise, no fumes and very little maintenance. It basically takes away all the bad things with powerboats. Once you’ve tried a Candela, it’s very hard to go back to conventional boating.”
Candela’s first US electric hydrofoil test drive centre will open on 1 April 2022 at 1709 Brideway, Suite 105B, Sausalito, CA 94965. This location joins the company’s current centres in Stockholm, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy, to expand Candela’s presence in the US market.
Candela’s team of engineers and technicians has been developing the electric hydrofoil technology and software since 2014. Using the results from their first serial production model, the C-7 sportsboat, Candela is now venturing into mass leisure craft production with the Candela C-8, while also developing the world’s first hydrofoiling shuttle ship, Candela P-30, which will go into production in 2023.
Candela has currently obtained over 100 orders for their new Candela C-8 daycruiser, thus advancing their mission to electrify waterborne transportation.
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