A 30-seat hydrofoil ferryboat, the Candela P-12, is gearing up for mass production and integration into Stockholm's transportation network. Distinguished as the world's first electric flying passenger ship, it recently completed tests, displaying a top speed of 30 knots (35 mph) and a range of up to 50 nautical miles.
The vessel's unique computer-guided hydrofoils allow it to elevate above water friction, consuming 80% less energy than traditional high-speed vessels when cruising over 18 knots. With its minimal wake, the P-12 may secure exemptions from speed limits, emphasizing eco-friendly travel on waterways. This innovation showcases potential benefits for public transport, VIP services, and private travel, revolutionizing water-based intra-city connections. Importantly, the Candela P-12 directly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by addressing challenges that hindered the widespread adoption of electric, fast vessels, such as limited range and slow speeds.
The 30-seat Shuttle variant matches costs of similar-sized ICE vessels, offering a cost-effective alternative. Operators can expect up to a 90% reduction in 'fuel' costs compared to diesel vessels, contributing to economic and operational efficiency. The P-12's design and performance align with global sustainability goals, promoting eco-friendly practices and reflecting the potential of water transport to connect communities. This initiative directly supports SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).
More information: https://candela.com
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