Production has begun of Candela’s C-8 ‘powered by Polestar’ electric daycruiser, which was announced in January and recently set a 24-hour range record for electric boats with a prototype.
The Swedish electric hydrofoil boat manufacturer, Candela, will produce units in its Stockholm-based factory.
The Polestar-powered version of Candela’s C-8 daycruiser utilizes the same 69 kWh battery pack and DC fast charging technology as the electric fastback Polestar 2 (standard range single motor version).
Candela says his unique partnership unites the two Swedish premium electric companies’ efforts to accelerate the shift to more sustainable electric mobility.
With an electric range of up to 57 nautical miles at 22 knots, the C-8 is the fastest-charging boat on the market, demonstrated recently when the prototype set a global distance record for electric boats, traveling 483 miles within 24 hours, enabled by DC charging.
“Marine DC charging coupled with our hydrofoil technology’s long electric range will introduce new ways to explore on coastlines and archipelagos. Whereas cruising nautical miles in a day in a petrol-powered boat is challenging due to noise and slamming, it’s not only doable but very enjoyable in a C-8,” said Niklas Nordin, Chief Product Officer at Candela.
With the capability to cruise at speeds up to 27 knots and recharge its battery in only 35 minutes via DC charging, the Polestar powered C-8 boasts an electric range that is 2-3 times that of traditional powerboats, but with more rapid charging.
The C-8 ‘powered by Polestar’ is available in three versions; as an open daycruiser, a weather-sheltered Hardtop and a T-TOP model for sunny climates.
The Candela C-8 is also available in a limited Polestar edition, combining Polestar’s Scandinavian EV design with Candela’s electric hydrofoil boat technology.