Luxury boats have not been discussed much on the tables where discussions concerning EV and electric plane transitions occur, but it’s clear that the boating sector needs a big fix. Candela, a Swedish speedboat company, is committed to the cause.
According to Candela, a traditional boat uses about 15 times as much fuel per mile as a family car. Candela was recently in San Francisco Bay to display the advanced zero-emission electric speedboat called C-8 in a bid to break into the massive U.S. boating market. These boats are fast, completely free of fuel odors, loud engine sounds and bumpy rides.
The boat has a 69 kWh Polestar battery and a small, torpedo-shaped direct drive motor called C-Pod. The C-8 could reach a speed of 27 knots (over 31 mph). After about a 2-hour ride, the boat’s battery was only down to 30%. It’s also much easier to drive than a EV on the road. The company has fixed the price of the speedboat at $390,000.