Boating NZ - - Boat World -

Swedish engi­neers have built a foil­ing, elec­tric-pow­ered speed­boat which they claim has the same speed and range as a tra­di­tional power boat. Pow­ered by 44 kwh of lithium-ion bat­ter­ies and a55k­w­mot or, the car­bon­con struct ed7.7mvess el–the Can­dela Seven – is de­signed for five peo­ple and has a top speed of 30 knots with a range of around 50 nau­ti­cal miles. Front and rear foils are fully re­tractable for tow­ing and stor­age, and the boat also has a spe­cial mode for run­ning in shal­low wa­ters.

Can­dela Speed Boat AB was founded in 2014 and CEO Gus­tav Has­sel­skog says en­ergy con­sump­tion is re­duced by 75% com­pared to a con­ven­tional boat, al­low­ing it to reach a range close to that of a fos­sil-fuel pow­ered ves­sel.

The com­pany al­ready has or­ders for 150 boats. The first 10 are ex­pected to be dis­patched to clients in early 2019.

A Can­dela Seven will set you back around €170,000. www.can­de­laspeed­boat.com

Pow­ered by 44 kwh of lithium-ion bat­ter­ies and a 55kw mo­tor...

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