At its introduction, the foiling Candela P-30 boat will hold the distinction of setting several world records. It will be the longest-range electric passenger ship, as well as the fastest. But, it will also be the most energy efficient fast ship ever built.
Candela P-30 is the world’s first electric hydrofoil shuttle ferry.
Swedish tech company Candela will bring to Stockholm, Sweden—fast all-electric commuter ferries that soar above the waves on foils, quietly and efficiently carrying passengers at speeds up to 30 knots. As soon as next year Candela’s new 30-passenger ferry P-30 will commence operations, with the intention of eventually replacing the city’s aging fleet of 60 diesel boats that serve commuters and visitors to and from the vast, 30 000-island archipelago that stretches from the city center. After sea trials, the P-30 will start commercial operation in 2023.
Funded jointly by Stockholm technology boat builder Candela, and the Swedish transport authority, the P-30 flies on computer-controlled hydrofoils which reduce energy consumption by 80 percent compared to the best fast ferries of today. This is the key to its long all-electric range at high speeds. The higher service speeds will allow the new P-30 ferry to shuttle more passengers farther and faster than any other electric ship, and will be able to service even the longest routes because it can travel more than three hours at 20 knot cruise speeds before recharging.
Thanks to the computer and software, the ride is artificially stable, leaving even the most seasick-prone passengers with smiles on their faces.
Candela P-30 is based on Candela’s leading electric hydrofoil technology for leisure boats. The 25 foot Candela Seven is Europe’s currently best-selling premium electric recreational craft.
The P-30 can also operate in urban waterways at higher speeds than traditional passenger boats because it creates
virtually no wake that would otherwise damage nearby vessels or property.
“Today, most of our waterways are unused for mass transit, even though most highways are congested during rush-hour traffic. Opening up urban waterways for high-speed electric transport can revolutionize commuting in cities such as San Francisco, Seoul or Amsterdam – at a very low cost,” says Gustav Hasselskog, the founder and CEO of Candela. “There’s no need to build new infrastructure.”
The all-new high tech P-30 ferry from Candela will offer superior comfort and seakeeping from its Flight controller, a computer that analyzes the boat’s pitch and roll a hundred times a second and automatically adjusts the foils to keep it level above the waves.
P-30 has a flexible interior with space for up to 30 commuters. An automated mechanical ramp allows easy access for wheelchairs, bikes and others needing extra space.