Stockholm-based electric boat manufacturer Candela has announced that its electric boat, the Candela C-8, has been named European Powerboat of the Year 2023 at the European Powerboat Awards, also known as the “Oscars of the boating industry” , at the Boot Dusseldorf show last weekend.
The Candela C-8 won the electric boat category, thanks to its advanced hydrofoil technology, which allows the boat to fly on the water, using only a fraction of the energy required by conventional boats. With a range of over 50 nautical miles at 22 knots, the C-8 has two to three times the range of conventional electric boats and rivals the performance of fossil fuel speedboats. The active hydrofoil system provides a smooth ride, while the on-board computer automatically adjusts to crosswinds and waves, providing a more comfortable cruising experience.
With 80% lower energy consumption than conventional vessels and an almost non-existent wake, the Candela C-8 causes minimal disturbance to marine life.
In a recently announced partnership, Candela will use batteries from premium electric car manufacturer Polestar, enabling the C-8 to reach an even greater range and further pushing the boundaries of what is possible with electric boats.