Candela C-8 sets new world record for longest 24-hour electric boat distance

The Candela C-8 has just crushed the previous record for distance sailed in 24 hours by an electric boat.

Published on Sep 26, 2023 at 4:19PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Sep 26, 2023 at 6:13PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
Candela C-8 electric boat

It appears Candela is making waves (pardon the pun).

Not only is the Swedish boat company taking electric mobility to the seas, it’s breaking world records along the way.

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Last week, the Candela C-8 crushed the previous record for distance sailed in 24 hours by an electric boat.

The electric hydrofoil boat set a new world record covering 420 nautical miles (483 miles or 778 km) in 24 hours.

The previous record was held by the team at Voltari Electric, who traveled 79 nautical miles (91 miles or 146 km) from Florida to the Bahamas on a single charge.

To put Candela’s 420-nautical-mile trip into perspective, that’s like traveling from Tampa to New Orleans or from San Franciso to San Diego.

Or, if you’re in Europe, London to Amsterdam and back again.

While underway, the Candela C-8 traveled close to its maximum speed at around 27 knots (31 mph or 50 km/h).

The record-breaking route consisted of a loop between Stockholm and the island of Tynningö, stopping to DC fast charge after each loop.

The impressive feat was performed in collaboration with battery maker Northvolt and charging station supplier Plug, showcasing how future DC charging networks for boats could look.

In this case, Northvolt’s Voltpack battery system stood on the dock outside Candela’s Frihamnen office.

Connected to a DC charger from Plug, it recharged the Candela C-8 a total of 17 times over the 24-hour span.

Total electricity cost was $117, whereas a conventional fossil fuel-powered boat would’ve cost $1,490 according to the brand.

What’s more, a regular boat would have emitted around 3,935 pounds of carbon dioxide over 483 miles.

The Candela C-8 emitted 99 percent less carbon dioxide – just 38.3 pounds, according to the standard Swedish electricity mix.

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