A new frontier
The Candela C-POD is designed to be the most efficient and long-lasting boat motor ever made. Two compact permanent magnet motors under the water provide unrivaled range and efficiency. Enough thrust to make our boats fly at a speed of 30 knots, quietly.
Electric direct-drive means no noise from gears, no oil changes and no maintenance. The patent-pending Candela C-POD will last a lifetime, without needing service.
Candela C-POD –
The ultimate boat motor
How it started
In 2014, our founder Gustav assembled a group of experts within composite engineering, flight control electronics, hydrodynamics, dynamic modeling and drone control systems. The aim was to find ways to create electric boats that could offer the elusive combination of both range and speed.
Poised to re-define maritime travel, our hydrofoiling electric boats – born from over 10,000 hours of dedicated research and sea trials in Lidingö, Stockholm – glide effortlessly across the water. Combining cutting-edge electric propulsion with active stabilization, they set the bar for speed, efficiency, and durability.
The innovation formula
behind the success
What are the maintenance requirements?
In terms of service costs, an electric boat inherently requires less service than a fossil fuel equivalent due to fewer moving parts. Our Candela C-POD in particular is projected to have a 3000 hour service life. We recommend one scheduled service appointment with a Candela certified service technician. In colder climates, winterization should be performed before the boat is put into cold-storage.
How do you keep the boat stable?
We use an advanced control system that stabilizes the naturally unstable boat in just about any condition. Sensors around the perimeter of our boats measure wave height and feed this information to our Flight Controller. Height, roll and pitch data are as well. The Flight Controller is then able to adjust the position at up to 100 times per second, in order to achieve stability.
What materials do you use for the hull?
We exclusively use carbon fiber in all of our boats. Currently, there are no alternative materials that meet our expectations of stiffness, weight, longevity and cost.
Which foil configuration and wing profile do you use?
All Candela vessels use fully submerged hydrofoils in a specific configuration. We employ one large, straight main foil close to the center of gravity and a smaller foil in the aft, attached to the propulsion unit. All Candela foil systems are retractable for trailing, storage and shallow water operation. As for the wing profile, in the pursuit of the perfect relation between efficiency and performance, we have designed our own proprietary shape for our foils. To offset the environmental footprint of the carbon fiber and batteries in our vessels, we have built them to last a long time. Moreover, we build light, meaning we need less carbon fiber and smaller batteries and end up using a lot less energy to transport passengers than our competitors.
What software do you use in your boats?
To give our users the best possible experience, we develop all customer facing software in-house. This includes the foil control software. We’ve chosen this challenging but rewarding path of building our own stuff, for several reasons. Firstly, we aim to make boating frictionless – the software should interface seamlessly with the features of the boat. We were simply not happy with the available third party options out there. Secondly, remotely performed software updates should be easily done, and should provide a constantly improving and ever more robust user experience. Thirdly, if you need help, our service team can remotely log in to your boat’s system to help out.
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